Podiatrists are familiar with the fact that there are a number of rare foot conditions that can impact the health of someone’s feet. Maffucci syndrome is one such rare foot condition. This condition typically impacts the hands and the feet. It is so rare that less than 200 cases have been reported since its discovery in 1881. If an individual has Maffucci syndrome, they may experience the development of benign growths on the bones of the feet. These growths are especially located at the end of the bones. This condition is potentially serious because although the growths are initially benign, it is possible that they may become malignant (meaning cancerous). Interestingly, Maffucci syndrome is not an inherited condition, and those living with the syndrome can be smaller in stature. If you want to learn more about Maffucci syndrome or other rare foot conditions, contact a podiatrist today.
Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Devin Bland, DPM of Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Rare Foot Conditions
The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist. Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care.
There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:
Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp.
Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.
Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking.
A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.
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