Foot Disorders

Also known as: foot deformities, congenital foot abnormalities, club foot, claw foot

What are foot disorders?

Foot disorders refer to structural abnormalities related to the feet. These are often present at birth. Clubfoot is a medical condition in which an infant’s foot or feet are turned inward, either to the side or almost facing upward. And claw foot is a condition in which the ankle is bent upward and the toes are bent downward so that they look like a claw.


What causes foot disorders?

Many foot disorders are present at birth. They can occur due to genetic problems, hereditary issues or for unknown reasons. In other cases, foot disorders can occur later in life due to an injury or a complication of surgery.


What are the symptoms of foot disorders?

Symptoms range widely depending on the type of condition that is present. Along with the physical symptoms, children can have development delays related to walking and other movements.


What are foot disorder care options?

Some foot disorders can be remedied over time through methods such as bracing or corrective surgery.

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Reviewed by: Avi Baitner, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/13/2017 12:29:13 PM



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