What are Common Conditions that Cause Foot & Ankle Pain?

Some of the more commonly encountered foot & ankle conditions include:

When Should I See a Doctor for Foot & Ankle Pain?

If your foot or ankle is causing you regular or severe pain or experiencing symptoms such as swelling, it is best to have the condition evaluated by a podiatrist. Likewise, you should seek care following any sudden or traumatic injury, as there may be damage that you do not yet realize, and prompt treatment can prevent problems down the road.

What are Common Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis?

Fortunately, most cases of plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated with conservative methods such as rest, ice, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. However, for roughly 3 to 5 percent of patients, these therapies will be insufficient in bringing relief, and surgical intervention may be needed. Most commonly, a surgical technique called endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) will be used.

What are Common Treatments for Ingrown Toenails?

Most cases of ingrown toenails can be successfully treated with a low rate of recurrence by using a technique called partial nail avulsion or chemical matrixectomy. The procedure is performed in-office and involves numbing of the toe, removal of the diseased portion of the nail and the application of a special medicine to the nail bed which can prevent the problem from recurring in over 90% of cases.

What are Common Treatments for Bunions?

Most patients with bunions can find adequate comfort through at-home treatment options such as ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and changes in footwear. However, the only way to cure a bunion is surgery to correct the position of the toe, and this approach will be needed for some patients to find relief. The specific surgical approach used will depend on both the patient and surgeon.

What are Common Treatments for a Torn Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and one of the most susceptible to injury. Whether partial or full, a torn Achilles is a painful condition that requires treatment. Minor or moderate achilles injuries can heal in time with rest, ice, elevation, and proper care. More severe injuries, however, are likely to require surgical correction.

What are Common Foot & Ankle Running Injuries?

While foot & ankle injuries can occur in anyone, they are particularly common in runners. Some common running-related injuries can include plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon rupture, ankle sprains, and heel spurs. Finding a podiatrist who is intimately aware of running and the problems it may cause can be key to keeping feet and ankles strong, healthy, and ready for the road.

What if My Foot & Ankle Condition Requires Surgery?

In the event that your foot or ankle condition is severe enough to warrant surgery, you'll want to make sure you choose a highly-skilled and experienced surgeon. Having the right physician on your side can mean a smoother surgery with lower rates of complications, more favorable results and speedier recovery times.

What can I do to Protect my Feet and Ankles from Injury?

In most cases, some simple precautions are all that is needed to protect the health of the feet and ankles. These include:

  • Wearing proper fitting shoes and socks that are neither too tight nor too loose
  • Keeping feet clean and dry
  • Using proper nail trimming techniques
  • Pacing yourself when beginning a new physical activity
  • Using caution when walking or running on new or uneven surfaces
  • Not ignoring symptoms of a problem such as pain, redness, swelling, or discoloration

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The foot and ankle is a complex weight bearing joint that is often the site of debilitating pain for our patients. We can help with your foot and ankle pain as well as these common foot and ankle conditions.

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