You may not think about your feet very much until you suffer an injury or experience foot pain. If you have foot pain, you may be wondering if it is serious, if your condition is common, and what conditions require surgery. Our podiatrists in Milwaukee explain some common foot problems below and the types of surgery performed to treat them.
Types of Foot Problems
Foot pain and deformities can be caused by improper shoes, genetic abnormalities, or simply aging. Some of the most common problems that cause foot pain include:
- Arthritis in the small joints in the front of your foot (known as metatarsophalangeal joints). Arthritis in these joints leads to inflammation and can dislocate the joint, causing pain.
- Bunions – this is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe as a result of “hallux valgus.” Hallux valgus causes deformity in the big toe joint as it bends towards the other toes. This is also the cause of hammertoes, which is when the smaller toes bend upwards and become stuck in a claw-like position.
- Plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the muscle that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. This condition presents with pain in the arch of the foot upon waking and is usually relieved with foot exercises, pain medication, and rest. However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary.
If more conservative options do not resolve the pain in the joints, the following options are available:
- Metatarsal foot surgery can be performed on arthritic joints, depending on the severity of the injury. Our podiatrist will help determine if this is the right option for you.
- Bunion surgery requires an osteotomy – a surgery to straighten the big toe and metatarsals. This gets rid of the bunion bump and relieves associated discomfort.
- Plantar fasciitis generally does not require surgery. If your case of plantar fasciitis becomes severe, we release the plantar fascia from the heel bone with a simple surgery.
If you are suffering from foot pain or have experienced an injury, contact our friendly office today. We can help get you back on your feet!
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To find out more, contact us at 414-246-9634. Our friendly team will answer any questions you may have about foot care or scheduling a consultation.