Feet and ankles are complex things that we’ve been studying and treating for years, but some conditions are very easy to spot.
Some foot and ankle deformities are present from birth, and others are acquired through injury or as a result of certain disorders.
Which conditions cause foot and ankle deformity?
More severe foot deformities are often found in neuropathic conditions such as arthropathy. In these conditions the health of the bone becomes compromised, weakening to cause fractures and changes in structure. Arthropathy can develop in people suffering from diabetes, or following a fracture if not quickly and efficiently treated. Symptoms can include ulcers, sores, feelings of heat and pain in the foot, or a swollen appearance.
Another common condition that often comes with a foot or ankle deformity is osteoarthritis. The cartilage that normally cushions the ends where bones meet in the foot and ankle is attacked. Without this cartilage, bones rub directly against each other, leading to all kinds of stiffness and loss of movement.
You’ll also find ankle deformity in people with bone defects, ankle disorders, pediatric conditions, and many others.
What sort of treatment should you seek?
Where possible we want to help you avoid unnecessary procedures. We can carry out a careful examination of the feet, and we also have the facilities to take an x-ray, carry out injections of corticosteroids or anesthetics, and we’ll also show you how to carry out your own foot examinations.
We can recommend orthotics, physical therapy, splinting… you may just need a footwear change!
All these things can provide much-needed relief and alleviate symptoms that can make life difficult
But if you wish to correct a foot or ankle deformity, this may require specialist surgery. We have the ability to carry out specialized reconstructive surgery when required. There are different types of reconstructive surgery you can undergo, depending on the results you are looking for, from the least invasive to procedures that treat the tissue more deeply. We will always discuss your options with you and make sure you have all the information at hand to make the best decision for you.
If you opt to have surgery, the benefits are tenfold, such as long-lasting pain relief, better mobility and the aesthetic correction of the deformity.
How do I know if I should seek medical advice?
The first important factor to consider is: Are you in pain? If the deformity is not causing you any pain and is not an inconvenience in your day to day life, you may not need treatment; however, you must come in for a visit to establish whether treatment is needed or not.
Please also see the following list of symptoms that could indicate something more severe:
Discoloration of the toenails
Signs of infection or ulcers
Reduced ability to walk or move
If you recognize any of these symptoms or otherwise want to discuss others more relevant to yourself, contact us to discuss how we can help.
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