The orthopedic exam is the last of my four-part series covering the standard pillars of a podiatric evaluation.
This exam is directed at examining the structure and function of a patient’s lower extremities.
The structure and mechanics of a foot directly affects how functional your feet are.
Certain anomalies can predispose a person to develop arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and even wounds. The orthopedic exam is used to identify any of these kinds of issues.
Our foot structure is something that is given to us by our parents and grandparents.
What we are born with is called congenital, and as we grow from an infant to young child, our congenital foot shape starts to coalesce.
As we progress through life, acquired foot structure problems can arise over time (wear and tear).
Certain circumstances like systemic diseases can alter the structure of a person’s feet too, like rheumatoid arthritis and Charcot Foot from diabetic neuropathy.
The list of foot and ankle orthopedic problems is too long to list, but it’s important to understand that just because there is a foot abnormality, it doesn’t mean a person has pain.
Lots of people walk around every day with a bunion or hammertoes, but most don’t have foot pain complaints.
If pain starts to occur though, it’s probably best to get it looked at sooner than later.
Lots can be done to mitigate orthopedic foot problems before they get out of hand. Many of us come to realize that wishful thinking doesn’t always make our health problems go away.
Good news is that treatment may be easier than you think.
The bottom line is that when foot or ankle pain starts, an orthopedic issue is usually to blame. Call Sohl Foot & Ankle at 267-699-3839 if you think an orthopedic foot issue is starting to slow you down.
PHOTO CAP: Painful toe and foot deformities can be treated in all kinds of ways.