At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic, which has offices in both Brandon Florida and in Zephyrhills Florida, the resident podiatrist with years of experience is Dr. Rajnish Manohar. Dr. Manohar has treated thousands of patients, giving them relief from a variety of foot ailments. Some of the ailments that he treats are those that are due to deformities of the foot, which either occur due to a congenital defect or they are cause from repetitive stress or injuries to the feet. Here are several of the top foot deformities that Dr. Manohar can treat. Most are conditions that begin in childhood, but left untreated can cause problems in adult life.
Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or 5th (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, triggering problems to develop.
Hammertoes typically start as mild defects and get progressively worse gradually. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are versatile and the symptoms can frequently be managed with noninvasive types of treatments. But if left neglected, hammertoes can end up being more rigid and will not respond well to non-surgical treatment.
Because of the liberal nature of hammertoes, they ought to get early interest. Hammertoes never ever get better without some sort of intervention.
Flat feet (fallen arches)
Flat feet (pes planus) refers to a modification in foot shape where the foot does not have a typical arch when standing. Flat feet are a typical condition. The condition is normal in infants and young children. Flat feet take place due to the fact that the tissues holding the joints in the foot together (called tendons) are loose. The tissues tighten and form an arch as kids get older. This will certainly happen by the time the child is 2 or 3 years old. The majority of people have typical arches by the time they are grownups. However, the arch might never ever form in some individuals. Aging, injuries, or disease may hurt the tendons and cause flat feet to establish in an individual who has currently formed arches. This kind of flat foot might happen only on one side.
Rarely, painful flat feet in children may be caused by a condition where 2 or more of the bones in the foot grow or fuse together. This condition is called tarsal union.
Clubfoot is a defect where a baby’s foot is turned inward, typically so severely that the bottom of the foot faces sideways and even up. Around one infant in every 1,000 live births will have clubfoot, making it among the more typical hereditary (present at birth) foot defects.
Clubfoot is not agonizing in the very early stages. Nevertheless, if your child’s clubfoot is not treated, the foot will certainly continue to be deformed, and he or she will certainly not be able to walk usually. With correct treatment, nevertheless, the majority of children are able to take pleasure in a large range of exercises with little trace of the deformity.
The majority of cases of clubfoot are successfully treated with nonsurgical methods that may consist of a combination of stretching, casting, and bracing. Treatment usually begins quickly after birth.
Skewfoot (serpentine foot)
Skewfoot is the name given to a hereditary abnormality throughout the formation and development of bones in an infant’s foot. It is likewise known by the name of Z foot or Serpentine Foot. It is also thought about to an acute form of a foot defect called as Metatarsus Adductus. In this deformity, the infant’s foot has a “C” shaped look to it. Specially made shoes and extensive stretching exercises are done until the child is old enough to walk, although it may not suffice to remedy the deformity. Diagnosing skewfoot is a hard condition to diagnose because initially the bones of the child are not properly developed and when x-rays are taken of the affected foot it generally comes out clear, hence it is difficult to exactly approximate the shape of the bones of the foot at that phase however by the age of 6 the bone gets completely formed and the shape of the skewfoot can be plainly observed on the x-ray or MRI scan.
If you suffer from one of these types of foot deformities, or are having foot pain of any kind, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.