The foot and ankle are among the most complex orthopedic structures. Because they are so complex, they are prone to injury, particularly in patients who are physically active. Some of the most common conditions affecting this area include:
- Athletic Injuries: Stress fractures, ankle instabilities, and other sports-related conditions are common in the foot and ankle region.
- Sprains: Sprains, strains, shin splints, and tendon problems can easily damage this region.
- Anterior Impingement: This condition is more commonly known as footballer’s ankle, and can cause both pain and loss of mobility.
- Posterior Impingement: Caused by tissue damage to the back of the ankle due to maximal ankle plantarflexion, this is especially common in dancers and gymnasts.
- Cartilage Damage and Arthritis: Cartilage is a smooth, rubbery substance that lines the joints of the foot and ankle. It can be degraded by arthritis and trauma, inhibiting joint function.
- Achilles Tendinitis and Ruptures: The achilles tendon connects the back of the leg to your heel. When it becomes swollen or ruptured, it can make it painful or even impossible to push your foot down.
- Difficult Lower Extremity Fractures: Fractures in the delicate bones of the feet can be difficult to diagnose and treat, but undiagnosed, can make walking extremely painful.
- Congenital or Acquired Foot Deformities: Bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities can be unsightly and limit mobility.
- Limb Salvation and Amputation: Diabetes, trauma, and other conditions may put you at risk for amputation. Our specialists can identify opportunities to salvage limbs and help aid in recovery from amputations.
If your are experiencing pain in the foot and ankle region or suspect you may have one of the conditions described above, we encourage you to request an appointment.