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Foot & Ankle

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.

Do not ignore plantar fasciitis…Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. Changing the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip, or back problems.

ANKLE OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis of the ankle leads to tenderness, pain, swelling, stiffness, and even an inability to bear the weight that in turn change how you walk leading to additional stress on other parts of the foot and an increased likelihood of additional injury. When arthritis reaches a point where the quality of life is significantly compromised, you may be recommended to undergo ankle fusion surgery or ankle joint replacement surgery. Both of these surgical options come with significant downtime and a need for pain management.

TENDONITIS

Tendonitis can happen to athletes, runners, and people who are on their feet a lot. Tendonitis is a classic overuse injury and impacts a specific tendon within the foot, the posterior tibial tendon. Most commonly, patients with tendonitis complain of pain and swelling on the inward side of the foot and ankle, and occasionally have an unsteady gait. Many patients report a recent ankle sprain, although some will have had no recent injury.

The initial treatment of tendonitis is a conservative approach that is focused on resting the tendon to allow for healing. Unfortunately, even eliminating everything but normal walking may not adequately allow for the tendon to rest sufficiently.

ACHILLES TENDON

Damage to the Achilles tendon is the most common form of tendon damage and typically results from acute injury or overuse often as a result of sports. It is often recommended to undergo surgery to repair the Achilles Tendon tear. Because of the invasive nature of this procedure, recovery is lengthy and painful.

ANKLE LIGAMENT TEARS

Ankle sprains often cause stretched or torn ligaments that change how you walk, putting painful stress on other joints of the foot as well as making it more likely that you will sprain the ankle again. This incomplete healing leads to a cycle of chronic pain and instability.

TOE ARTHRITIS

Toe arthritis is a big issue and when it advances it can cause the toes to bend sideways and create painful bone spurs. If left untreated, the big toe, in particular, can become rigid, putting more stress on the rest of the foot and ankle. Surgery to cut out the bone spurs or fusing the toe is common, but this just leads to a floppy and unstable toe as important ligaments are cut.

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