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 Achilles Tendonitis

It’s a necessity if you want to walk, run or jump, so any type of injury to this vital tendon can disable you just fast as it took old Achilles down.

When that tendon becomes inflamed we call it Achilles tendonitis, which usually occurs where the tendon meets the heel but it can also spread up toward the calf muscle.

 Ankle Instability

So it shouldn’t be surprising that ankles can become unstable and a bit frail after an injury such as a severe sprained ankle. With each sprain or severe twist, the chance that it will happen again increases. Such chronic ankle instability can be a major problem, particularly for athletes and those with an active lifestyle.

 Ankle Stress Fracture

Sometimes when a patient twists or turns their ankle, a stress fractures might result.

Sometimes called hairline fractures, these small crack sometimes aren’t visible on an X-ray for 10 – 14 days.

The more pressure and weight placed on the ankle, the worse the stress fracture can become.

 Arthritis In the Ankles

Ankle arthritis can be a very painful condition that will progressively worsen if left untreated.

This inflammation of the ankle joint produces pain, swelling and a general stiff feeling that can make walking and exercising uncomfortable.

 Peroneal Tendonitis

While athletes often experience peroneal tendonitis, it’s actually very common. It is caused by excessive stress on the peroneal tendon in the foot, so in addition to athletes, we see it in women who wear high heels, factory workers or anyone who stands a lot, and people who work on uneven surfaces. Like many foot conditions, this one won’t get any better unless it’s treated, so we recommend coming in for an examination.

 Sprained Ankle

If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve had at least one sprained ankle. More than 23,000 Americans sprain their ankle each day — it’s the most common sports injury and one of the most common injuries overall. Unfortunately, spraining your ankle once can leave you prone to repeated sprains if it doesn’t heel properly.

A lot rides on our ankles – our balance, the health of our knees, our ability to stand, walk and run… You might say they’re under a lot of pressure.

Ankles Can Become Unstable

So it shouldn’t be surprising that ankles can become unstable and a bit frail after an injury such as a severe sprained ankle. With each sprain or severe twist, the chance that it will happen again increases. Such chronic ankle instability can be a major problem, particularly for athletes and those with an active lifestyle.

Ankle Instability Is Not Easy To Hide

Patients with ankle instability are usually very aware of the problem. They frequently feel like their ankle is giving way or buckling underneath them when they walk or run, or sometimes even when they’re just standing there, minding their own business. It might hurt or become tender, it might swell, or it might just feel unstable.

Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability is often caused by a sprained ankle that did not heal properly, or from repeated ankle sprains that have weakened and stretched the ankle’s ligaments. That is why it’s so important to see a podiatrist right away when you sprain your ankle, so we can ensure it heals completely and properly.

 

But even after the fact, there are steps we can take to increase stability. Physical therapy is often a big part of treatment, because it can help strengthen the ankle, improve your balance and help your muscles learn the right way to move again. We also may recommend an ankle brace to support the ankle and knee, custom foot orthotics or anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is usually only used as a last resort when a ligament needs to be repaired or when the instability is quite severe.

The sciatic nerve is derived from spinal nerves L3 to S4 in the lower back.

 

While there can be many reasons patients experience Sciatica, typically patients have a herniation of a lumbar disc or a bone spur that is pressing on the nerve causing pain.

 

Generally patients experience a radiating pain down the buttock (called Radiculopathy), into the thigh and back of the calf.

Blood Clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is one of the most life-threatening conditions we podiatrists may encounter.

 

A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deeper vein in the body, usually the lower legs.

There’s a tendon that runs from the ankle into the foot called the posterior tibial tendon that supports the arch and helps you walk.

 

Sometimes it stops doing its job, known as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), which over time can lead to a flattening of the arches and adult acquired flat foot.

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