The podiatrists at University Foot and Ankle Institute are nationally recognized as experts in the treatment of toe conditions, from a minor toenail concern to severe arthritis requiring surgery. They have revolutionized bunion care and helped develop a procedure that allows for immediate weight bearing after surgery.
As trained trauma experts, with state of the art technology at their disposal, they are able to provide the very best toe care, all within a relaxed, comfortable environment.
A bunion is an unnatural bump at the base of the big toe. It is caused by a shift of the toe bones into an improper position. In most cases the big toe begins to point toward the smaller toes and often results in pain and loss of function. UFAI podiatrists have extensive experience in bunion treatment, offering state of the art technologies, many of which they helped develop.
The plantar plate is the strong ligament located on the ball of the foot, that supports the lesser toes. Injuries to the plantar plate occur when the ligament is torn or over-stretched. They can be acute or chronic and result in pain and inflammation. If the injury is not treated properly, it can result in a hammertoe or crossover deformity.
Big Toe Arthritis, also know as hallux limitus or hallux rigidus, is inflammation of the joints at the base of your big toe. It is caused by overuse or genetics and results in pain and decreased motion in the joint. Our podiatrists have decades of combined experience treating big toe arthritis and worked closely with manufacturers in the development of the leading surgical implant.
There are two bones on the ball of the foot underneath the 1st metatarsal, located behind the big toe joint. These bones are called sesamoids. When one or both of these bones become injured, there can be pain, inflammation and disruption of the bones. This condition is called sesamoiditis.
A hammer toe is a toe that is bent because of a muscle imbalance around the toe joints. The imbalance causes the toe to bend at one or more joints, pushing the middle of the toe upward in a claw-like position. Hammer toes always occur in the four smaller toes, usually the second toe. They may hurt or look odd, or both.
An ingrown toenail (Onychocryptosis) is a common discomfort that involves the nail curving down, into the surround skin as it grows. Ingrown toenails can exhibit pain, redness and inflammation. Chronic or complicated cases generally require treatment by a physician.
A fungus can invade the nail through minor cuts or after an injury to the area. Repeated irritation to the toes may cause the nail to separate from the bed. Fungal infections of the nail plate, also known as onychomycosis and nail matrix, are the most common nail disease.
A Tailor’s Bunion, also known as a Bunionette, differs from a traditional bunion because it develops at the base of the baby toe instead of the of the big toe. A bunionette is also known as metatarsalgia or intractable plantar keratosis.
Avascular necrosis of the metatarsal head, commonly known as Frieberg’s infarction, is a painful condition that can occur when there is an interruption of the blood supply to a toe. When this happens the tissue dies and the bone collapses.
Unfortunately, not all toe surgeries result in a painless, nicely aligned toe that comfortably fits into a variety of shoes. Managing a surgery with a less than optimal outcome is an unpleasant task that requires a great doctor-patient relationship and careful consideration to appropriately correct the procedure. Fortunately for you, our team of podiatrists specialize in revision surgery.