Foot Deformities & Disorders

Foot & Ankle Specialist

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Foot Deformities & Disorders

In its normal form, the structure of the human foot allows us to walk in an upright position. Our feet consist of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, which also keep everything in place. This makes them stable and strong, while at the same time being flexible and adaptable. Feet can become deformed as a result of external factors, certain foot postures or diseases. Foot deformities may – but don’t always – cause problems, such as pain and walking difficulties. There are various types of foot deformities. Some are present at birth. [1]

If you have a foot deformity or are experiencing foot or ankle pain, a podiatrist is essential to assess your foot health and assist in developing a treatment plan. Our podiatrist, Tanner Moore, DPM specializes in treating foot deformities and other foot disorders at the Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Clinic in Wickenburg, AZ.   Dr. Moore uses the latest research and techniques to treat all manner of foot and ankle conditions for residents and snow-birds alike in Wickenburg, AZ, and surrounding communities. In many cases, simple measures can relieve pain and even aid in deformity reversal. In some instances, surgery is an option, but Dr. Moore may first suggest splints, wraps, orthotics, inserts, or a new pair of shoes, if appropriate. 

If you have foot pain, discomfort or cosmetic issues, we recommend that you come in for a comprehensive foot evaluation. To receive non-surgical and surgical podiatry care at Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Clinic call us at  928-668-5506 and make an appointment for a foot exam with Dr. Tanner Moore. 


Foot Deformity & Disorder Treatment 

WCH Podiatry Services include comprehensive treatment for all manner and severity of foot deformity and disorders. Foot deformities are more common than you think. They not only cause pain in the feet and ankles, but they can also lead to skeletal misalignment causing problems in the hips, back, or knees.  Reoccurring or chronic pain such as pain in the soles of your feet, heel pain, pain in the ball of your foot, or toe pain are symptoms that may be caused by a foot deformity or disorder.  For instance, fallen arches may cause pain in the sole of your feet, as well as your knees and back. 

Whether you have or suspect you have a foot deformity or disorder, developed worsening foot or ankle pain, or have experienced a sudden onset of pain, it is important to seek treatment.   Dr. Moore uses the latest technology to assess your feet, make a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan specifically for you.   Treatment is dependent on the specific diagnosis and we provide extensive non-surgical and surgical treatment for foot disorders and foot deformities. This includes the most conservative treatments for bunions, hammertoes, tailor’s bunions, and plantar fasciitis pain, however, if your condition is complex, Dr. Moore also specializes in foot reconstruction surgery.  If surgery is required, it is performed on-campus at Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Center. Currently, all patients referred for surgery receive rapid COVID-19 testing as part of the pre-surgery checklist.

 Our list of podiatry services and foot deformity treatment includes:

  • Comprehensive foot evaluation
  • Gait testing
  • Footwear evaluation
  • On-campus diagnostics and testing
  • Personalized treatment plans
  • Custom orthotics, shoes, and insoles
  • Hallux Valgus, or bunion treatment

What Causes Foot Deformities? [2]

Foot deformities or misalignments (wrong positions of bones) can either be present at birth or develop over time. Putting abnormal strain on the foot or wearing tight shoes may play a role. Further risk factors include injuries, inflammations, and being overweight, as well as diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or brain diseases. Genes usually play an important role: For instance, some people have weak connective tissue, so the supporting structures in the foot can’t always hold everything in place properly. Sometimes children’s feet may appear to be deformed but are in fact normal. This is because young people’s joints and bones are still developing and changing.

What are the Consequences of Deformities? [3]

Deformities can be painful and affect the way you walk. They may cause a lot of skin to become hard and thick, and lead to calluses and pressure sores. Sometimes misalignments (wrong bone positions) can cause toes and other parts of the foot to become deformed too. This puts abnormal strain on tendons and muscles, which may even tear as a result. Abnormal strain on joints can lead to wear-and-tear, and eventually to osteoarthritis. Because foot deformities can have a knock-on effect on other parts of the body, they may also cause pain in the knees, hips, back, and head.

But they don’t always cause problems. Many people have slightly deformed feet or minor misalignments that don’t cause any symptoms. And, contrary to popular belief, deformities that are more visible don’t always cause more problems. Slightly deformed feet may cause more problems than more noticeably deformed feet.

Sometimes people are thought to have a foot deformity although they actually don’t have one. For example, children often have a slightly pronated foot with a fallen arch. But this usually doesn’t cause any problems, and often goes away when they are teenagers.


Common Foot Problems | Bunions

Bunions or hallux valgus are a symptom of a progressive bone disorder. Shoes with narrow toes can trigger a bunion, but they’re not the underlying cause.  Bunions run in families, because foot type (shape and structure) is hereditary, and some types are more prone to bunions than others. Low arches, flat feet, and loose joints and tendons all increase the risk. Bunions appear as a bony bump at the base of the big toe joint. [4]  A bunion usually affects the bone of the big toe, which inclines toward the second toe instead of straight ahead. Bunions might also occur near the base of the little toe instead of the big toe. These are known as bunionettes or “tailor’s bunion.”  The symptoms of bunions often occur in adults, but adolescents might also experience them. [5]

Bunion Complications

Bunions can lead to other conditions, including:

  • bursitis, or swelling of the fluid-filled pads responsible for cushioning the bones, tendons, and muscles
  • hammertoe, where abnormal joint bending leads to pain and pressure
  • metatarsalgia, or swelling and pain in the ball of the foot
  • calluses
  • pain
  • difficulty walking
  • decreased mobility in the toes
  • arthritis
Bunion Treatment |Bunion Surgeon

Bunions will not just go away unless corrected by bunion surgery. However, if your specific condition is more mild than severe, then there are methods to slow down the development of your bunions without surgery. Since bunions are permanent and will only get worse as time goes on unless treated, it is common for a foot doctor to begin by suggesting to stay away from narrow or high heel shoes. If the pain and irritation don’t go away, then a podiatrist will most likely prescribe surgical options for your bunions treatment.

Dr. Tanner Moore, DPM specializes in conservative bunion treatment. Dr. Moore will perform a comprehensive foot exam to determine a treatment plan that best suits you. This may include treatments such as bunion pads or braces, orthotics, shaving your callus, taking anti-inflammatory drugs, or bunion surgery. 

If you’ve got foot pain, discomfort or cosmetic issues, it’s time to consult an expert. Contact the Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Clinic at 928-668-5506  to schedule a foot evaluation with Dr. Tanner Moore.


References:

[1,2,3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513132/
[4] https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/what-to-do-about-bunions
[5] Medical News Today, What You Need to Know About Bunions https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0201/p467.html

Meet Dr. Tanner Moore, DMP | Foot & Ankle Specialist | Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Looking for top-notch medical care for your feet or not sure if you need to see a podiatrist? You have come to the right place.  Tanner Moore, DPM specializes in all aspects of foot and ankle care including fractures, bunions, plantar fasciitis, corn and callus problems, diabetic management, sports medicine, and wound care. In addition, Dr. Tanner Moore specializes in conditions that require foot and ankle surgery. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS in Exercise Science, Dr. Moore earned a medical degree at the California School of Podiatric Medicine and then went on to complete his podiatric residency at Intermountain Medical Center, Utah.  Dr. Moore is highly specialized with advanced education and training in podiatric care and treatment modalities to address foot and ankle problems to get you back on your feet and doing what you love.  Dr. Moore`s approach always begins with conservative treatment of foot and ankle conditions, he diagnoses problems and treats the whole foot and ankle — for both surgical and non-surgical cases. 

Concerns With Foot Health? Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Moore: 928-668-5506

This information is meant to be informative but not prescriptive. Their purpose is to provide information on diseases and processes rather than dictate a specific form of diagnosis or treatment. The ultimate judgment regarding the propriety of any specific procedure must be made by the physician after all the circumstances are presented by the individual patient. 

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