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Foot Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological disorder causing involuntary muscle contractions and repetitive movements. When it affects the feet, it can lead to abnormal postures, twisting, and repetitive movements that affect mobility and balance. Foot dystonia can manifest as toe curling, arch cramping, or uncontrollable foot movements. These symptoms can cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty walking or standing. Additionally, foot dystonia may result in deformities, such as claw toes or high arches, over time. Treatment typically involves a combination of therapies, including medications, injections, and sometimes surgical interventions. If you or your child has unusual symptoms to do with movement of the feet, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and diagnosis. Regular monitoring and adjustments to treatment plans may be necessary to address changes in symptoms and optimize outcomes.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Mesa, and Sun City, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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