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Rare Foot Conditions and Arches

The function of the feet is to provide balance and mobility to the body. This may be compromised when there are existing foot deformities. When the feet are positioned incorrectly, it may cause the body to move out of alignment and prompt medical attention is often sought. Incorrect foot positioning may be one of the first signs that specific foot conditions are developing and many of them have to do with an abnormal arch. Skew foot can happen when the arch loses its original position and this can occur from having unstable tendons and ligaments. Flat feet, which are also known as fallen arches, can produce pain and discomfort. It is noticeable as the inside of the foot is lower than the rest of the foot. Additionally, many children are pigeon-toed which forces the feet to point inward. Research has shown this condition is typically easy to correct. If you would like more information about various rare foot conditions, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you seek.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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