Increase Your Awareness Around Common Foot Deformities

Body awareness – clarity around the day-to-day appearance of your body and the sensations it experiences – is a key component of good health. When you know what is “normal” for you, you’ll be able to notice changes and report them to your health care team. Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos recommends becoming familiar with your feet by inspecting them periodically, taking note of the color and texture of the skin and the shape of the toes and foot. Here are two common foot deformities to look for:

A bunion typically appears as a hard bony protrusion, most often where the big toe joins the inner edge of the foot. It might be accompanied by redness, swelling, or discomfort when you wear shoes, stand, walk, or exercise. Bunions can also occur on smaller toes. These are commonly known as “tailor’s bunions” or “bunionettes.” The cause of bunions is a shift of the bones inside the foot.

If you notice a toe rising up and out of line with the others, you might have spotted a hammertoe. A hammertoe occurs when the tendons that connect the toe’s muscles to its bones shorten and cause a deformity to occur. The affected toe might be curled or straight and is likely to be painful. Mobility may be impaired.

Your podiatrist can treat a bunion or a hammertoe with non-invasive options, including over-the-counter and prescription medications for pain and inflammation, custom orthotics to provide added cushioning and support when wearing shoes, physical therapy, and more. Sometimes, the best way to treat your problem is with surgery. If your doctor advises you that an operation is the most appropriate course of action, you can trust that your feet are in good hands. Like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, a podiatrist, is a medical expert with years of training and experience, including a hospital residency and the best-qualified professional to help you.

Are you worried about a bunion or a hammertoe, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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