Deformity Correction Specialist

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN & Crown Point, IN

Rough patches on your toes and bent or twisted toes and foot joints can be signs of common foot deformities like corns, bunions, and hammertoes. To get relief from discomfort and improve the appearance of foot deformities, visit the podiatric team at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists. Located in Merrillville, Indiana, the team provides personal care and attention so that your feet can look and feel their best. To request an appointment, use the online tool or call today.

Deformity Correction Q & A

What types of foot problems cause deformities?

One of the most common causes of deformities in the feet is wearing ill-fitting shoes. Shoes that don’t fit properly may be too tight in the toes, too short, or have heels that force your feet forward into the front of the shoes. Possible deformities that can develop from ill-fitting shoes include:

  • Corns
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes

Other types of deformities, like flat feet or high arches, may be present at birth or can run in your family. Ill-fitting shoes can aggravate these conditions, causing pain and discomfort, and may make the deformities worse.

Do all foot deformities need treatment?

Not all foot deformities require treatment. Your physician recommends a podiatric exam if you’re experiencing foot deformities that are worsening, causing pain or discomfort, or leading to open sores or stiffness in your feet.

While corns, bunions, and hammertoes can be resolved with early diagnosis and conservative treatment, long-term deformities like these, along with arch problems, may require surgical correction. If you’ve had corns, bunions, or hammertoes for months or years, it’s possible for these deformities to progressively worsen and eventually lead to permanent deformity.

In these cases, the team may recommend different procedures to address your deformity and resolve uncomfortable symptoms.

How are foot deformities diagnosed?

In most cases, your podiatrist can identify foot deformities during a podiatric exam. If you show signs of deformity, the doctor may recommend X-rays to determine the severity of the deformity and whether you have any joint damage as a result of the deformity.

Based on their findings, they provide a diagnosis and outline treatment options to help you.

How are foot deformities treated?

In the early stages, foot deformities often respond to noninvasive conservative procedures like:

  • Changing your footwear
  • Wearing orthotics or arch supports
  • Over-the-counter pads to reduce friction from your shoes on your toes
  • Physical therapy stretches and exercises
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If your deformity is progressive or permanent and requires surgical correction, the team outlines your surgical options and what to expect before, during, and after treatment for the best outcome.

Find relief from the discomfort of foot deformities at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists. Use the online tool to request an appointment or call the office now to schedule.