Diseases of the Foot

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Elderly woman with arthritisA disease is when an organ or structure in the body malfunctions, and does not operate the way it should. Your feet and ankles are complex structures that need many bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and systems working together in harmony. When disease prohibits even just one of these necessary functions, mobility becomes difficult and pain can affect your daily routine. At Parker Foot & Ankle, we treat several diseases of the feet, including:

Arthritis

 Arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation in the body’s joints. It affects the cartilage of joints, weakening it and causing stiffness and pain. When cartilage is broken down, there is less protection and shock absorption for the joints. This can make moving extremely painful. Arthritis can be caused by normal “wear and tear” as we age.

Bursitis

Bursae are tiny lubricating sacs that are located in areas surrounding joints. They help to reduce friction between bones, ligaments, and tendons. When the bursae are irritated, they become inflamed and fill with extra fluid.  This causes pressure on the surrounding joint and results in bursitis. Athletes typically develop bursitis due to repetitive movements.

Cancer

There are many types of cancer that can affect the foot and ankle. Cancers of the bones and skin are two types of cancers seen in the lower extremities. Cancer is a serious disease that can spread to other areas of the body, so early detection and treatment is critical.

Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints. In the feet, gout is common in the big toe and the ankle. It causes swelling and pain in the affected joint. Gout attacks can be triggered by certain lifestyle choices, like your diet. Food and drinks like red meat, fish, and beer are all associated with gout attacks.

Sever’s Disease

This disease is commonly found in growing children, and occurs when the heel bone grows faster than the ligaments in the leg. It affects the growth center of the heel bone due to repeated stress from overuse, causing it to swell and become painful. In most cases, pain from this disease will subside after the child’s growth spurt is over. Treatment includes rest and physical therapy, depending on the symptoms and severity of the disease.

Other diseases of the foot that are less common include:

  • Charcot Foot
  • Freiberg’s Disease
  • Kaposi’s Sarcoma (AIDS related)
  • Kohler’s Disease
  • Maffucci’s Syndrome
  • Ollier’s Disease
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Sever’s Disease

When you are experiencing symptoms of pain that indicate a disease may be present, don’t waste time. When you notice something is wrong, quick treatment is imperative for the health of your feet and ankles.  Make an appointment at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, Texas. Dr. Parker treats a variety of diseases that affect the feet and ankles. Call (281) 497- 2850 or schedule an appointment online today to get the very best in treatment options.