Deformities

Foot and ankle deformities are common and left untreated will cause pain. If you are experiencing pain you should call our office for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.

Hammertoes is a contracture of the toe(s), frequently caused by an imbalance in the tendon or joints of the toes. Due to the "buckling" effect of the toe(s), hammertoes may become painful. Corns and callus may occur as a hammertoe becomes more rigid over time, limiting ambulation or participation in sports or social activities.

Bunions of the foot is an enlargement of the bone and tissue around the joint of the big toe. The area may become red, swollen, inflamed and painful.

Haglund's Deformity (pump bump) is characterized by a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that is not always painful, but can become extremely uncomfortable and limit ambulation or participation in sports or social activities.

Insertional Achilles Calcification/Spur is different from Haglund's deformity and the cause of pain is a spur or calcification has formed at the insertion of the achilles tendon and is often associated with achilles tendinitis.

Heel Problems The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. When heel pain becomes disabling you should call our office for an evaluation of the condition by one of our podiatric doctors and a treatment that is best for you.

Heel Spurs is a common cause of heel pain and is caused by a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. The spur is sometimes appears as a protrusion that can extends from the heel bone as seen on x-ray. When there is no indication of bone enlargement, the condition is sometimes referred to as "heel spur syndrome."

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Excessive Pronation or excessive inward motion can create an abnormal amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons attaching to the bottom back of the heel bone. Pronation is the normal flexible motion and flattening of the arch of the foot that allows it to adapt to ground surfaces and absorb shock in the normal walking pattern.

As you walk, the heel contacts the ground first; the weight shifts first to the outside of the foot, then moves toward the big toe. The arch rises, the foot generally rolls upward and outward, becoming rigid and stable in order to lift the body and move it forward. Excessive pronation can be painful and contribute to the injury of other areas of the foot and ankle.

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