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A common congenital foot condition is known as clubfoot. It is noticeable as the foot twists downward and inward, and will cause difficulty in walking if not promptly corrected. Research has shown it develops in the later stage of pregnancy, as the baby has limited room to move freely in. The feet may become squashed, which may cause this condition to occur. An effective treatment technique is referred to as the Ponseti method, which can begin soon after birth. It consists of wearing a cast for four to eight weeks and may be replaced during this time as the child grows. Minor surgery may be performed that can lengthen the Achilles tendon. This is followed by wearing a specific type of brace daily for three months until the age of five when the time can be gradually reduced. If your child has been born with clubfoot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can educate and guide you toward correct treatment methods.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Carrie Frame, DPM of West Virginia Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Charleston, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
A small, hard growth that develops on the underside of the heel may be a heel spur. It is defined as a calcium deposit and extends between the arch and the heel. Some heel spurs can be up to a half inch long, and may or may not be painful. Some of the symptoms that are associated with a heel spur are swelling surrounding the heel, the skin feeling warm when touched, and being inflamed. The cause of a heel spur is muscle and ligament strain, and can gradually develop as the aging process occurs. They may also happen from wearing shoes that are worn out, having excess body weight, or if there is an abnormal foot structure. An X-ray is often taken that can confirm a heel spur, and can be treated through adequate rest and lifestyle changes. It may be beneficial to perform gentle stretches that can help to strengthen the muscles. If you feel pain or mild discomfort in your heel, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat heel spurs.
Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Carrie Frame, DPM from West Virginia Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.
Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.
Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.
The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.
There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.
If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Charleston, WV . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.
Bone spurs can form on any joint, but the feet are a common location, especially for patients who are 60 years old or above. The reason for this is that bone spurs, medically known as osteophytes, generally take years to grow. They are most often found on the ankle, heel, or big toe. Bone spurs form when bones rub against each other, which is generally the result of wear and tear of a joint, combined with the loss of the cartilage that separates the bones. People with osteoarthritis frequently develop bone spurs. Young athletes may develop bone spurs from injuries that occur during sports. Symptoms of a bone spur include aching pain that worsens with activity, swelling, tingling and numbness, or stiffness. In many cases, however, bone spurs may form without displaying any symptoms at all. An X-ray is thought to be the best way to determine if you have a bone spur. Treatment for bone spurs may include wearing protective padding in the shoes, having cortisone injections, losing weight, and doing certain foot exercises. In some cases, surgery may be a remedy. For more information on how to deal with bone spurs, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Carrie Frame, DPM from West Virginia Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Charleston, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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