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Foot, Ankle and Heel Pain

Heel Pain - Plantar Fasciitis - Heel Spurs

Heel Pain Symptoms include pain when you first get up in the morning, burning, numbness and increased symptoms by the end of the day.

 

The pain is usually caused by tightening of the plantar fascia ligament located on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia ligament supports the arch. When you're resting, the ligament contracts.

 

As you start to walk, the ligament pulls and may tear slightly causing pain. Heel pain can also be brought on by trauma, over exertion, ill-fitting shoes or poor foot alignment.

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We initially treat plantar fasciitis conservatively with: strapping, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, night splints, possibly an injection. For those patients that require additional treatment surgery may be necessary.

We often prescribe custom orthotics for the best possible foot support. Custom orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes, which are custom molded specifically to your foot, to correct the faulty foot alignment and bring your foot into a more correct position. If you're suffering with heel pain, don't wait for it to become a chronic problem.

Foot, Ankle or Toe Fractures

A Broken Bone is also known as a fracture.  There is a common misconception that a broken bone is worse than a fracture.  In reality, they are the same.

 

There are many different types of fractures or breaks. A bone can be broken and the fragments can be out of position.  

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We call this a displaced fracture. Conversely, if they are in good alignment it's called a non-displaced fracture. If a bone is broken and you can barely see it on an x-ray, it is a hairline fracture.  Finally, if a bone is broken and one of the fragments has punctured the skin, we call this an open or compound fracture. Since open fractures can easily become infected immediate surgical management is required. 
 

Broken bones are usually splinted initially to prevent bone movement and further damage to the soft tissues that surround them. If the fracture is displaced it may need to be set.  In certain fractures, setting them can be difficult. In these types of fractures, surgery is also indicated. This will provide the best opportunity for healing.

Even though all of this sounds very scary, most fractures can be managed in a cast without going to the OR. Even simple fractures of the toes respond very well to this treatment.  And yes, we do put casts on toes.  Not the plaster or fiberglass most people think of.  Instead, we use a mesh tape that holds the toe in place. 

 

If you or someone you know has sustained an injury to the foot or ankle we will make every attempt to see you ASAP. usually the day you call.

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Tendon Injury - Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a medical condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. This happens when the Achilles tendon is constantly abused.

 

This condition is common among athletes and middle age people who are actively engaged in sport activities. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It allows a person to extend the foot and point the toes to the floor.

This is also the thickest, longest and strongest tendon of the body. Generally, tendons such as the Achilles tendon do not heal rapidly or completely. A lifestyle change is sometimes needed to prevent the recurrence of Achilles tendinitis. The aim of treating Achilles tendinitis is to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling.

Tendon Injury Treatment includes: resting the leg, cold compression therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, heel lift and using of a brace or cast to keep the heel and tendon still. Surgery may be needed if the symptoms do not improve. Our Foot Doctor will assess the severity of the condition and select the best procedure to repair the Achilles tendon.

Ankle Pain & Sprains

Affiliated Foot and Ankle Surgeons can help your find ankle pain relief. Sprains are an extremely common ankle injury. They involve possible joint damage resulting in swelling, instability and pain, to more severe damage, such as torn ligaments, bruised cartilage and broken bones.

 

Osteochondritis is a disorder where loose bone or cartilage gets caught between joints or bones, causing swelling, pain, stiffness and in severe cases, immobility.

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Twisting-type injury of the ankle can cause loose piece(s) of bone or cartilage. Unfortunately of untreated sprained ankles result in prolonged symptoms. These can include chronic pain or ankle instability, which makes a person prone to repetitive injury later in life and arthritic changes.

Our Foot and Ankle Doctors utilize cutting-edge technology to determine if there is a fracture, dislocation or torn ligaments. If you've sprained your ankle or have a history of sprained ankle, early evaluation and aggressive treatment is the best way to avoid chronic pain, instability and arthritis of the involved joints.