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Clubfoot is a birth defect that affects approximately one in 1,000 infants in the United States. Features of clubfoot include a high arch, inward rotation of the foot, pointed toes, and stiffness, often accompanied by a tight Achilles tendon. Although the precise cause of what is called idiopathic clubfoot remains elusive, genetic factors are presumed to be influential. Diagnosis typically occurs either prenatally through ultrasound or at birth when the foot is found to be rigid. The Ponseti method, named after Dr. Ignatio Ponseti, stands as a highly effective treatment approach, which involves casting, minimal surgery to the Achilles tendon, and bracing. This method has revolutionized clubfoot management, offering an optimistic prognosis for affected children. With early intervention and consistent adherence to the Ponseti method, children with clubfoot can anticipate restored foot function. They can become active in sports and wear regular shoes. For parents confronted with the diagnosis of clubfoot in their child, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can suggest treatment options. 

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Blisters are small fluid-filled pockets that commonly form on the skin and can be particularly bothersome when they develop on the feet. Whether caused by friction from wearing ill-fitting shoes, prolonged walking, running, or heat, blisters can cause discomfort and interfere with daily activities. While most blisters on the feet heal naturally within a week, it is essential to avoid popping them yourself, as this can increase the risk of infection and prolong recovery time. Instead, gently cover the blister with a dry, sterile dressing to help protect it as it heals. If there are signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, seeking prompt medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. Podiatrists may prescribe antibiotics for infected blisters or perform procedures like blister drainage under sterile conditions for larger or more painful blisters. If you experience persistent or recurrent blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure safe and effective treatment as well as prevention strategies.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Feet, often overlooked until they begin to ache, play an important role in living a normal life. Three common causes of foot pain include tarsal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsal pain. Tarsal tunnel syndrome involves compression of the tibial or plantar nerves within a passageway in the foot. This type of compression causes pain along the inner ankle and sole. Plantar fasciitis is the result of inflammation of the tissue on the sole of the foot that supports the arch. It results in heel pain and stiffness, particularly after periods of rest or activity. Metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of the foot is often caused by activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose. Addressing these types of foot pain requires a tailored approach, ranging from orthotic inserts and physical therapy to lifestyle adjustments and proper footwear. For help with foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2024 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

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