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Foot Deformities Most People Don't Know About

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Foot Deformities Most People Don't Know About

There are many types of deformities that can affect your feet, which can result in making basic movements more difficult. Many deformities that can do this are not well known, so look out for these foot problems.

The bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other tissue that make up our feet are in use for a great deal of time every day, and things like deformities can make it more difficult to stand, walk, or perform other basic actions. There are minor deformities, like fallen arches, flat feet, and high arches which may not affect too much, but there are many other conditions that can make things harder on feet you may not even know about.

Let’s look at other foot deformities you may not know about by examining their common causes and the types of these conditions out there. If you live in the Fort Worth or Weatherford, Texas, area and you’re struggling with problems due to foot deformities, Drs. Gary DriverGlen BeedeGregory Jaryga and their team at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists can help find a solution to best fit your needs.

Common causes of foot deformities

Deformities are often misalignments of the bones in your feet, and it can be due to issues that were present when you were born, or problems that develop as you do. They can result from putting too much strain on feet (such as being overweight or wearing ill fitting shoes), diseases that affect the bones in your feet like osteoarthritis, and injuries that damage feet. Genetic problems can also affect connective tissue, or affect the supporting structure in feet.

The result of these or other causes can lead to thickened skin, calluses, pressure sores, and even deform your toes. The problems that these deformities can create may also lead to issues in your knees, hips, and back. Mild issues may only be present for a short time, but more severe and unusual conditions can wreak havoc without proper help.

Lesser known deformities

Here are some deformities you likely do not know about:

Pes cavus

This condition causes an abnormally high arch in feet, and can cause people struggling with it to place more weight and stress on the ball and heel of the feet when walking or standing. It is also connected to problems with clawing of the toes, hind foot deformity, and deformity in your great toe.

Charcot foot

This is a condition that creates problems in the joints, bones, and soft tissue of your ankle or foot, and is a possible complication of dealing with diabetes. It can cause the bones to weaken, which can lead to breaks or dislocations, and if it isn’t caught in time can lead to the foot collapsing and deforming.


This deformity causes bones in the front of the foot to become shorter than others, and often happens in the fourth metatarsal. It can lead to the toe not reaching the ground properly, and can cause pain, discomfort, and calluses.

Metatarsus adductus

This is a congenital deformity where the forefoot is abnormally turned inward, and can be flexible where the foot can be straightened by hand or non flexible where it does not move. It is often noticed after birth, but can happen at any age, and is bilateral about half of the time.

Tarsal coalition

This problem limits range of motion by causing an unusual connection between two or more tarsal bones in your foot. The connection may be made of cartilage, fiber or bone, and may present itself as a rigid flat foot.

Accessory navicular

This is an enlargement of the navicular bone along the plantar medial surface of your foot that can cause pain, tenderness, which can be aggravated by tight shoes.

We can customize treatments for deformities with a number of different methods, including use of orthotics, arthroscopies, joint mobility restoration and surgery. Catching these problems early can help us with reducing the long term impact of many of these problems. Make an appointment with Drs. Draver, Beede, Jaryga and Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists today to get the help you need.