Some ailments of the feet are easily disguised and may go untreated for years. There are a few that need treatment in the earliest stages to get relief from the symptoms.
Fairly common diseases of the foot are known as toe deformities. These ailments are ofte caused by a muscle imbalance in the foot. This may be due to several factors such as flat feet, a traumatic injury or disease of the toe joints.
In a flat foot, the flexor muscles become overpowering. The toes are generally not strong enough to resist this tension resulting in one of two deformities:
Claw toe - When the middle bone is pulled downward causing the proximal and middle phalanges to buckle upward.
Hammertoe - When the proximal phalanx causes the outer two joints of the toe to bend downward.
Left untreated, these ailments may lead to other problems such as calluses or scenarios where two bones fuse together making the only treatment an invasive surgery.
This diagnosis is best treated in the initial stages to avoid advanced development.
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