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Ankle & Foot Pain

Everything you need to know

We offer treatment to treat ankle and foot conditions in a comprehensive way. Frequent factors that may add to the pain and poor function include obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, low back nerve impingement, and poor shoe wear. Thus an experienced team that understands how to treat the individual is important. Nonoperative orthopedic treatments help most patients and include but are not limited to medications such as anti-inflammatories and analgesics, physical therapy, and activity modifications. Surgery is recommended when nonoperative treatments are no longer working, or in circumstances where surgery is the best option to restore activity and avoid pain. Podiatrists are valued in our treatment approach and often are consulted when a multi-level tiered approach best serves our patients.

Common foot & ankle pain conditions

Foot and ankle problems may cause many different symptoms and result in activity limitations. Patients may complain of pain, tightness, stiffness, instability, popping, catching, clicking, warmth, swelling, redness, inability to walk, and inability to exercise. An important goal of treatment is often to decrease pain, which in turn frequently leads to improved function.

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Ankle sprains are very common. Treatment may include nonoperative treatment such as a walking boot, bracing, medication for pain and swelling, and physician directed physical therapy.

Cartilage problems can lead to arthritis. Common areas of arthritis include the ankle, midfoot, and big toe. These areas may have bone spurs that are painful or noticeable. Patients may notice a decreased range of motion of certain joints which may affect their ability to walk, negotiate stairs, and navigate one’s community

Patients may also have tendonitis or tears of multiple tendons in the foot. Large tendons such as the Achilles tendon may need to be repaired if torn. One of the most common locations of tendonitis is on the back of the heel where a patient may have a bone spur, or ‘pump bump’ on the back of the heel. Others, such as the posterior tibial tendon (affected in flat foot) or peroneal tendons may also need to be repaired if torn. Heel pain, such as from plantar fasciitis may benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan to include stretching.

How Ortho Spine Life can help.

Ortho Spine Life provides individualized care for a wide spectrum of foot & ankle conditions including ankle sprains, arthritis, and tendonitis or tears. Our medical team takes a conservative approach focusing on non-surgical treatment options and therapies when possible to help alleviate pain and restore function.

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