A Variation of the Forefoot

Do you have reoccurring plantar fasciitis, inflammation, and pain in the foot? Does your lower back ache after a long day? Are you clumsy due to lack of balance and have frequent falls? These are all signs and symptoms of forefoot varus.

Symptoms include pain in the:

  • Ankle
  • Heel
  • Arch
  • Ball of foot
  • Shin
  • Achilles tendon
  • Knees

Lack of balance, inflammation, and reoccurring plantar fasciitis are also symptoms of forefoot varus. The symptoms are generally mild at first but progress over time depending on activity level, age, and overall health of a patient.

Causes of Forefoot Varus?

The deformity is usually caused by a raised first metatarsal head (foot bone before the toe bones). This raised head causes the other metatarsal joints to turn outward, which is not proper positioning. The first metatarsal head then touches the ground due to its improper positioning. Although it is most common to have forefoot varus from a raised metatarsal head, it is also possible to get this condition due to a bony block from forefoot trauma.

Correcting Forefoot Varus

If a patient has the type of forefoot varus that is supple, it can often be treated with exercise and physical therapy. If the condition is inflexible, regular exercise and therapy will not be beneficial. It can also be treated by wearing properly fitting footwear and making use of orthotic devices, custom made by your podiatrist. The custom-made orthotics can help support the muscles of the feet and keep them in the correct position.

If you suspect that you are suffering from forefoot varus, it is important to seek the help of a podiatrist right away. This ensures that you are treated promptly and helps to prevent injury to other parts of the body. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank can provide you with more information on forefoot varus and test to see if you have the disorder. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let yourself stay imbalanced.