Foot and Ankle Deformities
Types of Foot & Ankle Deformities that Cause Pain and Dysfunction
- Trauma that caused changes to bone development and/or improper fracture healing
- Flat feet (low arches, Pes Planus)
- High arches (Cavus foot)
- Bunions (inflamed, hard lump on big toe causing it to be angled toward 2nd toe)
- Toe Joint Deformities (hammer toes, mallet toes, claw toes, fused toe joints)
- Haglund’s Deformity (boney enlargement on heel bone)
- Osteochondrosis Dissecans (loss of blood supply to foot & ankle bones that cause changes to bone and cartilage in the joints)
What Causes Foot and Ankle Deformities?
Foot and Ankle Deformities are often a result of traumatic injuries, congenital abnormalities (something you are born with), or diseases that affect nerves, muscles, and bones such as diabetes, muscular dystrophies, tumors, and infections.
Dr. Tuvi Mendel , our experienced orthopaedic foot surgeon, and his team of specialists will work with you to determine the least invasive, most effect treatment options to treat your foot and ankle disorders. Non-surgical treatments may include casting, splinting, using an orthotic, avoiding aggravating activities, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and/or corticosteroid injections. While non-surgical treatment can relieve conditions of the foot and ankle, surgery may be necessary for more severe cases.
Due to the unique presentation of each individual’s circumstances surrounding his or her foot or ankle condition, Dr. Tuvi Mendel and his team of specialists will work with you to determine the most appropriate, least invasive treatment options. For more severe cases requiring surgery, soft-tissue and bone reconstruction may be necessary. In any case, Dr. Mendel is able to offer procedures that give patients an alternative to fusions (such as ankle replacements) as well as many minimally invasive surgical techniques.