A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe.
In more severe cases when the big toe joint is unable to move at all, the condition is called hallux rigidus (rigid big toe joint).
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette)is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the outside of the foot near the little toe.
A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel.
Hammer Toes occur when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance.
A soft corn forms between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking.
The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.”
An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin which is referred to by doctors as the ungualabia or “nail lip.”
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when one of the nerves on the bottom of the foot becomes “pinched” between two adjacent metatarsal bones or the base of the bones of two adjacent toes.
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. “Extracorporeal” means “outside the body.”
Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
The use of a series of 4% ethyl alcohol sclerosing solution showed an 89% success rate.
New Patient Special
To get an instant FREE* $175
Podiatry Exam & Consultation
A high arched foot is one where there is a marked elevation of the longitudinal arch both on and off weight bearing. This type of foot by itself is usually not a problem but tends to cause other difficulties, which frequently require treatment. For instance, the high arched foot creates excessive pressure on the ball of the foot and frequently produces thick and uncomfortable calluses. Hammertoes are also common with this foot type, which may cause problems with certain shoes. In addition, the high arched foot is notoriously known as a poor shock absorber, frequently resulting in discomfort and bursitis in the heel.
The three main causes of high arched feet include congenital development (at birth), trauma or injury (involving nerve damage) and certain neurological conditions. It is important to thoroughly evaluate a high arched foot in order to determine its probable cause. The type of therapy selected will then have a much better chance for success. It should be kept in mind that not all high arched feet require treatment. In the absence of symptoms or progressive soft tissue changes, clinical treatment may be unwarranted.
The treatment of the high arched foot is directed at supporting the elevated mid section of the foot, providing shock absorptive benefits to those areas in need and improving the functional mechanics of the foot and ankle. Orthotics prescribed by a foot specialist are the most effective means of accomplishing these objectives. The high arched foot usually responds well in a relatively short period of time to the use of orthotic supportive devices. In certain rare case where the condition is excessive and defies therapeutic control, surgery might become a consideration.