Sometimes foot pain and difficulty is caused by a foot deformity. There are several types of foot deformities a patient might have, and they can fall into one of two general categories – congenital and acquired.
Congenital deformities are those that are present from birth. Acquired ones develop over time, sometimes in response to an accident or another incident.
Some common and well-known foot deformities include:
- Bunions – The joint at the base of the big toe extends into the inner edge of the foot, while the big toe angles in toward the other toes.
- Hammertoe – An abnormal downward bending of the toe at the second joint. There are also claw and mallet toe conditions, which entail abnormal bending at other toe joints.
- Flat feet – The foot has little to no arch.
- Cavus foot – The foot has an abnormally high arch.
- Charcot foot – Nerve damage and poor blood flow lead to a situation where foot bones break with normal usage until the foot becomes quite misshapen.
For more information on foot deformities, or professional treatment when problems develop, contact the office of Yuko Miyazaki, DPM. Either call our Berkeley, CA office at (510) 647-3744 or use our online form today.