Commonly Treated Conditions
The following is a list of common foot and ankle problems encountered by our patients. Click on the condition to expand for more information.
Ankle ligaments connect the bones of the leg to the bones of the feet. When one of these ligaments sustains damage, it is commonly referred to as an ankle sprain. Sprained ankles are common among athletes.
Tinea Pedis, most frequently known as Athlete’s Foot, occurs when fungi grow on the feet and cause a skin infection. It is a common condition among athletes and children, but it can affect anyone.
Early stages of fissures on the feet, particularly the heel, involve the splitting of the skin to produce unsightly cracks. If heel cracks remain untreated, the cracks can progress into fissures.
There are many causes for heel pain, some more serious than others. Unusually long periods of walking or standing can irritate the heel and can be managed quite easily.
Beginning as a slight deformity of the toe, hammertoes are little toes that bend at the end joint. Factors that play a role in the bending toes are tight shoes, previous injuries and genetics.
Shin splints presents as pain to the front of the lower leg. Shin splints are most commonly caused by inflammation to the sheath surrounding the tibial bone.
Plantar warts appear anywhere on the foot. They may feel like a lump under the foot and are usually only painful with direct weight to the area or when pressure is applied from either side.
Adult acquired flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction- PTTD) and flexible flatfoot are conditions that may cause the flattening of the arches.
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of neuropathy affecting the peripheral nerves of the feet. Damage to peripheral nerves can alter the ability to sense pain or temperature.
Bunions are a result of structural changes of the foot bones and can become progressively worse with time. Bunions occurs due to a combination of factors including poorly fitting footwear.
Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. When a person is walking and running the Achilles tendon aids in lifting the heel from the ground.
Calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that are generally not painful and require no treatment. This hardened skin is the body’s way of protecting itself from diffuse pressure or friction.
“Don’t worry – they’ll grow out of it,” is a common response to parents’ concerns about the development of their children’s feet or legs.
The load on the feet increases dramatically due to normal weight gain and postural changes associated with pregnancy.
It is extremely important that you do not ignore pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles. This problem may become chronic and cause you to alter your walking style or activity pattern.
It is important if you experience leg or knee pain that you don’t ignore it. If untreated the pain could be causing irreversible damage to your joints.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disease of the arteries that reduces the circulation to a body part- other than the brain or the heart.