Foot Conditions

Commonly Treated at Thames Foot Clinic

Bunions

Bunions are a foot deformity that causes the big toe to point towards the other toes, resulting in a swollen, painful joint. Causes of bunions include genetics, improper footwear, and medical conditions. Treatment options range from changes in footwear to surgery.

Toe Deformities

Toe deformities are conditions that affect the shape and position of the toes. Common toe deformities include hammertoes, claw toes, and mallet toes. These conditions can be very debilitating causing discomfort, pain, and difficulty walking. Treatment options from Thames Foot Clinic may include orthotics, changes in footwear, stretching, or surgery, depending on the severity of the deformity.

Heel Pain – Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. Risk factors include obesity, high-impact activities, and improper footwear. Treatment options include rest, stretching, ice, and physical therapy.

Metatarsalgia and dislocated toe deformities

Metatarsalgia is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, arthritis, or high-impact activities. Dislocated toe deformities occur when the toe joints become dislocated or misaligned, causing pain and difficulty walking. Treatment options include rest, ice, pain management, and corrective footwear or surgery in severe cases.

Hallux Limitus – Osteoarthritis in the big toe

Hallux limitus is a type of arthritis that affects the joint at the base of the big toe, causing stiffness, pain, and difficulty walking. It can be caused by wear and tear or injury to the joint. Treatment options range from physical therapy and medication to surgery, depending on the severity of the condition.

Ingrown Toe Nail

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and redness. Causes can include improper nail trimming, tight footwear, or injury to the toe. Treatment options range from soaking the foot in warm water and wearing proper footwear to surgery in severe cases.

Neuroma

Neuroma in feet, or Morton’s neuroma, is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. It occurs when the tissue around the nerves leading to the toes becomes thickened, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. Treatment options range from footwear modifications and orthotics to corticosteroid injections or surgery in severe cases.