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Treatment For Flat Feet & Hammer Toes In The Columbus Area

Foot Deformities Treatment

Foot deformities encompass a variety of conditions that affect the structure, function, and appearance of the foot. These can range from common issues like flat feet and hammertoes to more complex deformities, and they can cause discomfort, pain, and limited mobility. Whether a lifelong issue or a recent development, foot deformities should be addressed by an experienced podiatrist to prevent further complications.

At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care for those suffering from foot deformities. As an esteemed ankle and foot clinic, our team of highly skilled podiatrists is devoted to offering personalized treatments tailored to each patient's needs. We employ both innovative and time-tested approaches to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care available.

If you are experiencing discomfort or pain related to a foot deformity, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Schedule a consultation online with a FASCO podiatrist today, and take the first step towards happier, healthier feet.


Foot Deformities

Flat Feet Correction, Hammer Toes Surgery & More

Surgical & Non-Surgical Methods

At FASCO, we offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for common foot deformities.

Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual's specific condition, level of pain, and overall health.

Non-Surgical Treatments

For many patients, non-surgical methods can be effective in managing and even correcting foot deformities. Here are some commonly recommended treatments:

  • Orthotics: Custom-made orthotic insoles can provide much-needed support and alignment for those with flat feet or fallen arches. These inserts help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, reducing strain and pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Specific exercises can strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot and ankle, improving mobility and function. For example, heel cord stretches can greatly benefit individuals with flat feet by loosening tight calf muscles.
  • Footwear Modifications: Changing to shoes that offer good arch support and adequate room for the toes can make a significant difference. Shoes with adjustable straps or laces and a roomy toe box are ideal.
  • Padding and Splinting: For hammertoes, padding can alleviate pressure on the joints and reduce pain, while splints can help in realigning the toes to their natural position.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications can help manage pain and reduce swelling associated with foot deformities.

Surgical Treatments

In cases where non-surgical methods do not provide sufficient relief, or if the deformity is advanced, surgical intervention may be necessary. Here are some common surgical options:

  • Toe Reconstruction Surgery: This surgery is designed to correct toe deformities like hammertoes. The goal is to realign the toe bones and soft tissues, restoring a more natural appearance and function. It often involves the removal of a small portion of the bone, tendon release or transfer, and sometimes the use of surgical pins to maintain proper alignment during healing.
  • Bunion Correction: Bunions can be a painful and debilitating condition. Surgical procedures to correct bunions involve repositioning the bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves so that the big toe can be brought back into its proper alignment. This may include removing the bony bump and realigning the joint.
  • Foot Reconstruction Surgery: For more complex deformities or cases involving multiple issues, foot reconstruction surgery may be indicated. This type of surgery aims to restore the normal function and structure of the foot and can involve a combination of bone realignment, tendon and ligament repair, and joint fusion.
  • Plantar Fascia Release: For patients suffering from severe flat feet or plantar fasciitis that doesn't respond to conservative treatments, a plantar fascia release may provide relief. This involves surgically cutting part of the plantar fascia ligament to release tension and improve mobility.

At FASCO, our experienced podiatrists are proficient in both non-surgical and surgical treatments. By thoroughly evaluating each patient's condition, we can recommend the most appropriate course of action to alleviate pain and improve quality of life. Whether you need a simple orthotic adjustment or a more complex procedure like toe reconstruction surgery or foot reconstruction surgery, our team is here to provide expert care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common symptoms of flat feet?

Flat feet can present with a range of symptoms, including foot and ankle pain, swelling, stiffness, tiredness or weakness in the foot muscles, and difficulty standing on tiptoe or pushing off during walking or running. If left untreated, it can lead to complications such as bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis.

What are hammertoes? How are they treated?

Hammertoes occur when one or more of the toe joints become bent, causing pain and discomfort. They can be caused by various factors such as genetics, tight footwear, foot injuries, and arthritis. Treatment options include orthotics, physical therapy, splinting or padding, medication, and surgery if necessary.

When should I see a podiatrist for my foot deformity?

You should see a podiatrist if you experience persistent pain, discomfort, or significant changes in the shape or function of your feet. Early intervention is crucial to prevent further complications and to receive appropriate treatment.

If non-surgical treatments like orthotics or physical therapy do not alleviate symptoms, or if you notice worsening conditions like severe swelling or deformities, it's essential to seek advice from your podiatrist.

How can I schedule with a foot doctor in Columbus, Ohio?

At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, we make it easy to schedule an appointment and get the treatment you need from an experienced and board-certified podiatrist. Either schedule an appointment with us online or give your nearest FASCO office a call. We are excited to see you and help you get back on your feet!

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