I am 65 years old and have suffered from heel pain for several years and took early retirement because of it. I was afraid that surgery was the only solution for my foot and so put off going to the doctor. My daughter eventually took me to see Dr. LeBeau at his Foot and Ankle clinic. Now I wished I had come sooner.
St. Augustine Foot and Ankle
1 St. Johns Medical Park Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32086
A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone and support tissue move out of place. This forces the big toe to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump on the inside foot.
Bunion — from the Latin “bunion,” meaning enlargement — can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion.” Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down — not the bunion. Other causes of bunions are foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders and congenital deformities.
Hammertoe — a contracture (bending) of joints in the second, third, fourth or little toes. Abnormal bending can cause pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. If left untreated, hammertoes can become rigid and unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment.
Before you suffer with similar problems any longer, talk to podiatry doctor Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM, or a member of his staff. Call 904-824-0869 today to make your bunion and hammertoe problems go away. Please feel free to use our online Request an Appointment form.