Foot Deformities Specialist

David S. Feldman, MD

Orthopedic Specialist located in West Palm Beach, FL

Whether you were born with a foot deformity or it developed over time, the abnormalities affect normal foot function and may lead to other health issues. With more than 30 years of experience, world-renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeon David S. Feldman, MD, in West Palm Beach, Florida, specializes in the treatment of complex conditions, including foot deformities, and provides unique treatments not offered by other physicians. To learn more about why patients travel from all over the world to see him, schedule a consultation with Dr. Feldman and his team at The Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.

Foot Deformities Q & A

What are foot deformities?

Foot deformities refer to various disorders that cause abnormalities in the structures of your foot, affecting function. Many foot deformities are congenital, meaning present at birth. However, some develop over time.

In addition to altering normal function, your foot deformity may affect your gait and cause pain in your feet, ankles, knees, and/or hips. Dr. Feldman specializes in the treatment of complex orthopedic conditions and provides individualized treatments for foot deformities to improve function and other health complications. 

What are the types of foot deformities?

Foot deformities are classified into types based on appearance. The foot deformities Dr. Feldman most commonly treats include:

Calcaneovalgus foot

Calcaneovalgus foot is a flexible flat foot deformity that causes the foot to bend upward toward the front of the leg.

Club foot

Club foot, also referred to as congenital talipes equinovarus, is a congenital foot abnormality where the foot twists at the ankle, causing the foot to turn inward. 

Congenital vertical talus (CVT)

CVT is a fixed flat foot deformity that causes the sole of a child’s foot to appear to have a convex curve or rocker-bottom appearance. This occurs as a result of the talus and navicular being abnormally positioned.

Flat foot

Flat foot, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, is a condition where the arch of a foot either doesn’t develop or collapses.

High arch

High arch, or cavus foot, is a condition where the foot’s arch is raised more than normal. The high arch causes pain and instability due to excess weight falling on the ball and heel of the foot when walking or standing.

Metatarsus adductus

Metatarsus adductus is a foot deformity where the metatarsals shift inward and cause the forefoot to bend toward the body.

Tarsal coalition

Tarsal coalition is a developmental condition where two or more of the tarsal bones in the foot fuse together. The condition may occur across the joint between the talus and calcaneus (talocalcaneal coalition) or between the calcaneus and navicular bones (calcaneonavicular coalition).

How are foot deformities treated?

Dr. Feldman is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex foot deformities and provides treatment and surgeries not offered by other providers to correct the abnormality and restore normal function. 

The specifics of your treatment plan may depend on the cause of your foot deformity. Dr. Feldman develops individualized treatment plans, taking an integrative and holistic approach to ensure all your needs are met. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Manual repositioning and casting
  • Surgical correction

Dr. Feldman reviews the details of your treatment plan so you know what to expect and how to prepare.

For an evaluation and treatment plan for your foot deformity from a leading expert in the field, call Dr. Feldman’s office or request an appointment online.