Jonathan M. Kletz, DPM
excessive body weight, injury, and concomitant disease states (often those that affect the musculoskeletal system, such as arthritis, connective tissue disorders, metabolic bone disease, etc.). Things we can do to minimize foot deformity impact on our quality of life - make sure shoes are well-fitted, accommodate foot structure well, and have limited heel height; maintain a healthy body weight; regular exercise that does not cause reproducible pain to the feet particularly over areas of deformity; and monitoring for any other associated signs such as developing joint pains to include feet and elsewhere in the body. Although feet may not always be aesthetically beautiful regarding deformity presentation, the more important aspect is that they are pain free and allow us to remain mobile and active. When dealing with these deformities, the latter must always be considered paramount.