Foot structure is genetic. Your DNA has already programmed whether you will have Flat Feet, Bunions, or Hammertoes, and there is very little that can be done to stop it. However, most foot deformities do not cause pain! Pain is usually dependent upon factors such as activity level, shoe selection, and work demands. Sometimes, having a particular foot deformity can lead to injury, and you may not have ever known a deformity was present, until after the injury occurs.
Pain from Foot Deformities can be Direct or Indirect:
- Direct - Pain from direct pressure. Examples include:
- Bunion or Hammertoe
- Indirect - Pain from the increased strain or injury to a supporting ligament or tendon, as a result of a deformity. Examples include:
- Frequent Ankle Sprains or Peroneal Tendinitis in a person with High Arch Feet
- Posterior Tibial Tendinitis in a person with Flat Feet
- Achilles Tendinitis, as a result of Equinus (Tight Calf Muscles)
As mentioned above, not all deformities cause pain or symptoms. If no symptoms exist, no treatment is necessary. Evaluation may still be beneficial to help establish a baseline and provide suggestions to help prevent symptoms. If you are pain free, the need for evaluation is at your discretion, based off your comfort level.
If you are having pain in your foot or ankle, having a thorough evaluation is recommended. It natural for people to discount mild pains as a minor sore or muscle ache, but most bruises or muscle aches should start to show improvement after 3-5 days. If your pain lasts longer than that, you should consider a professional evaluation to rule out any injury or underlying deformity as the source of your pain.
Examples of Foot Deformities:
- Flatfoot (Pes Planus)
- High Arch Feet (Pes Cavus)
- Excessively Long or Short Bones
- Bony Prominence (Exostosis)
If you would like an evaluation for Foot Deformity, Call us at 512-593-2949 or CLICK HERE to Schedule an Appointment.