Common Problems in the Feet
Some words or phrases carry a distinctly negative connotation. We hear or read them and feel uncomfortable just thinking about them. The phrase “foot deformities” is one of those—we hear it and picture warped and uncomfortable feet. While problems that seriously distort the foot do exist, most of what are considered deformities are common conditions that affect the comfort and mobility of thousands of people every day.
What Are These Deformities?
Foot and ankle problems that affect the position of bones or their connective tissues are considered foot deformities. Most of these problems are very treatable using conservative, noninvasive measures. Dr. Sanjay Patel has years of experience relieving and resolving a number of these issues, carefully approaching each and taking into account your unique needs. Some common problems include:
This bone deformity develops when your big toe becomes displaced inward toward the smaller toes. The metatarsal at its base leans away from the others, so the joint bulges outward, rubbing against footwear and putting extra pressure on the ball of the foot.
Sometimes the tendons and ligaments controlling your toes become unbalanced. The connective tissues on the bottom of the foot tighten and pull on the digit. The toe then curls downward and under into a clawed position. This can occur in any of the small toes and often develops in more than one. If not addressed, this condition can become permanent.