Foot Deformities Specialist

Alex Urteaga, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas

Alex Urteaga, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in New Braunfels, TX

There are many types of foot deformities, some of which are present at birth and others that can develop over time. Board-certified podiatrist Alex Urteaga, DPM, provides conservative and surgical treatment for foot deformities in patients of all ages at Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas in New Braunfels, Texas. If you or your child has a foot deformity, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Foot Deformities Q & A

What are foot deformities?

Almost no one has perfect feet. Most people have slight deformities, or differences in the shape and structure of the foot.

Foot deformities can be a problem if they cause pain or make it difficult to walk normally. Whether it’s from an injury, illness, or congenital condition, foot deformities are treatable.

What types of foot deformities are there?

The experts at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas treat many types of adult and pediatric foot deformities, including:

Hammertoe

A hammertoe is abnormally bent in the shape of a hammer. This deformity develops over time and may result from high arches, flat feet, or toe injuries. Wearing shoes that are too tight can exacerbate a hammertoe.

Bunions

Also called hallux valgus, a bunion is a bony protrusion on the inner side of the foot at the base of the big toe. Bunions are usually due to inherited differences in the foot structure, such as high arches or flat feet.

Flat foot

This condition causes your entire foot to touch the floor when you stand barefoot. All children have flat feet when they’re born. Flat foot occurs when the arch fails to develop in childhood, or if it falls over time. Flat foot is sometimes known as a fallen arch.

Pediatric deformities

Pediatric foot deformities can make it difficult for your child to learn to walk normally. The most common children’s foot deformities include cavus foot, clubfoot, and flexible flat foot. 

If your child walks with an abnormal gait, or doesn’t walk at all, the team at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas can help.

What does treatment for foot deformities entail?

First, the experts at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas carefully evaluate your foot and review your symptoms and medical history. They may take imaging tests, like an X-ray, to assess the skeletal structure of your foot.

Then, they create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Depending on the type and severity of your foot deformity, treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Oral or injected medications to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Padding or strapping

If the deformity continues to cause pain or interfere with movement despite conservative treatment, the team may recommend foot and ankle surgery.

For comprehensive care for foot deformities, call Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, or book an appointment online today.