People spend lots of time on their feet, taking thousands of steps every day. In addition, the feet are responsible for bearing the weight of our bodies, plus everything we carry. As a result, even minor foot deformities cause major physical impairments which limit mobility.
The symptoms of foot deformities lead to extremely painful conditions and throw the entire musculoskeletal system out of alignment, as an individual attempts to compensate for the deformity by walking differently or shifting his or her weight. Most often, foot deformities are present at birth or they develop as an individual grows throughout childhood. Several different factors can cause foot deformities including birth defects, congenital diseases, developmental abnormalities, injuries, and metabolic disorders.
Types of Foot Deformity
Several types of foot deformities exist, including these common ones:
- Cavus Foot – An abnormally high arch causes pain and increases risk of ankle injury.
- Tarsal Coalition – An abnormal connection of bones mid-foot limits flexibility.
- Clubfoot – The abnormal turning of the foot present at birth.
- Accessory Navicular – The presence of an extra bone causes pain and tenderness.
- Cleft Foot – A birth defect that involves a deep space missing from the foot that extends toward the ankle. It is often V-shaped and may involve missing toes and other problems.
Corrective Treatment for Foot Deformity with Mobility Outreach International
Corrective treatment for a foot deformity depends on the type of deformity and its severity. Foot deformities can often be treated with non-invasive procedures such as physical therapy, foot orthotics, and braces. More severe deformities, however, will likely require surgery to restore an individual’s mobility.
Mobility Outreach International’s team of locally based orthopedic doctors and physical therapists work to restore mobility to adults and children with foot deformities every day. Our organization strives to implement local resources (providing not only an expert medical team, but also the manufacturing and repair of orthotic medical devices) to ensure treatment remains accessible in the region.