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Learn more about this foot deformity and how it could affect your foot health.
While most people know about bunions, not as many people know about hammertoes, another common foot deformity that often appears over time. Are you wondering whether changing in your feet could actually be the result of a hammertoe or not? Our Colorado Springs, CO podiatrist, Dr. Matthew Hinderland, is here to tell you the telltale signs.
Take a look at your feet for a moment. While toes should be straight, if you notice that any of your toes curl or bend downward then you could very well be dealing with the beginnings of a hammertoe. A structural imbalance or weak tendons in the feet often lead to the development of a hammertoe. While any toe can develop this problem, it’s more common in the smaller toes.
Hammertoes are also more likely to develop corns (a thick, harden layer of dead skin) since they tend to rub against shoes more easily. You may also notice that the balls of your feet are sore and achy after walking or physical activity.
If you are noticing these issues, it’s a good time to set up an appointment with our Colorado Springs foot doctor. Even though the problem isn’t serious in the beginning, it’s also important that you provide your feet with the proper care and maintenance they need to prevent the hammertoe from becoming more serious.
If left untreated, a hammertoe can become rigid, which means that you won’t be able to straighten the toe at all. Rigid hammertoes are often very painful and the only way to repair this issue is with surgery.
Of course, if the problem is caught early enough there are ways to prevent surgery and to manage your symptoms:
- Throw out any shoes that put too much pressure on the feet or bunch up your toes
- Purchase new shoes that offer a proper fit (get fitted by a shoe specialist, if necessary) and allow your toes room to move
- Wear a protective pad over the hammertoe to prevent the formation of a corn or callus
- Perform certain foot exercises daily to strengthen the tendons in your feet (we would be happy to show you some easy exercises to incorporate into your daily routine)
If you are dealing with any foot problems or changes, it’s always a good idea to play it safe and schedule an appointment with one of our Colorado Springs, CO foot specialists. Here at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, we pride ourselves on providing you with the very best foot care you can get.
Arthritis occurs in foot and ankle joints when cartilage is worn down. You essentially lose the padding between two bones and they typically start to rub on each other causing pain. Bone spurs can then form, which leads to even greater pain. Unfortunately, this can cause people to lead less active lifestyles and their overall health can suffer.
Thankfully, several options exist to help with pain. Many joints in the foot and ankle used to require fusion to help decrease pain, but this can lead to a stiffer foot that can make it harder to exercise. There are now procedures availble to help repair cartilage defects in the ankle that can be performed minimally invasively through arthroscopy.
In the big toe joint, there is a newer option available as well, that can help restore range of motion and decrease pain. The results have been very promising with this, and it is allowing patients to return to hiking and other activities with less pain. Call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today if you are experiencing pain, so we can help you!
Heel pain happens in children very frequently because the epiphyseal plate (or growth plate) becomes inflammed and irritated. As we grow, part of the way our calcaneus (or heel bone) grows is by a growth plate on the back of the heel. Unfortunately, this can become painful from the pull of the Achilles tendon proximally and the pull of the plantar fascia distally.
This condition is called Sever's disease or calcaneal apophysitis and is commonly caused by kids playing sports or having a high level of activity. We can often help treat this by using custom orthotics and also using ice, rest, and anti-inflammatories as well as certain stretching exercises.
Having foot and ankle pain is not normal! Call our foot and ankle expert today at 719-488-4664, so we can help identify the source of your pain and eliminate it!
A Charcot foot and ankle deformity typically occurs in people who have neuropathy. There is still a lot of research going on to try and discover exactly why this happens to some patients, but generally there is some traumatic incident that causes the foot and ankle to fracture and become unstable.
Charcot neuroathropathy can lead to instability and deformites in the foot and ankle that either make walking very difficult or lead to wounds and ulcers of the lower extremities. When bracing fails to help patients adequately, surgical reconstruction of the foot and ankle can help allow people to ambulate better.
We are here to help you with all of your foot and ankle problems. Call our surgical podiatrist today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!
Lisfranc fractures are fractures in the midfoot through the tarsometatarsal joint that are commonly missed. On less severe fractures, unless xrays are taken with weight on the foot, the fractures can be missed because they are difficult to see. Patients often present to our office after being told they had a foot sprain, but they don't realize they actually have a fracture in their foot until a weightbearing xray or more advanced imagine is performed.
These fractures have many different levels of severity, but they can lead to arthritic problems in the feet, so relaligning the joints of the midfoot surgically is often the best treatment option. If you are someone you know is dealing with pain in their feet or ankles that isn't improving, call our podiatric surgeon so we can help get you back on your feet and keep you active!
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