Foot and Ankle Conditions
We at Proliance Surgeons Everett Bone & Joint are known for using innovative methods to treat our patient’s foot and ankle conditions. Below you’ll find a list of some of the elbow problems we treat.
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Conditions of the Foot and Ankle
The rupture of the Achilles tendon is when there is tearing and separation of the tendon fibers to where it can no longer normally function. Being that it’s the largest tendon in the body and connects your calf muscles to the heel bone, walking, running, and jumping aren’t possible till treated.
This is when there is an acute inflammation of the Achilles tendon and may include microscopic degeneration from chronic damage over time. There are two types of Achilles tendonitis: noninsertional and insertional. The former is where the fibers in the middle of the tendon are affected and the latter involves the lower portion where it connects to the heel bone.
Also referred to as an ankle fracture, it can range from a simple single bone break to several fractures that force your ankle out of place. Common symptoms include swelling, bruising, immediate and severe pain, and tender to the touch.
A painful and bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint, often developing slowly and from pressure on the big toe joint that forces the toe to lean toward the second one.
The fracture of the talus is where one of the bones that form the ankle becomes fractured, usually from a high-energy event such as a car accident or high fall. It’s common to lose substantial motion and function if not remedied and can cause long-term complications if not surgically corrected.
Also referred to as a fracture of the calcaneus and most often occurs during a high-energy event such as a fall or car accident where the heel is crushed. Treatment is necessary to avoid long-term complications such as loss of motion and arthritis, but can sometimes leave the patient with some conditions following treatment.
A condition where the second, third, or fourth toes are bent at the middle. While the condition in and of itself doesn’t require immediate treatment, left untreated, hammer toe can become fixed and lose flexibility.
Also known as a fifth metatarsal fracture, it is the last of the long bones in the middle of the foot and is specifically the bone at the outside of the foot. The fracture usually occurs at the base of the foot.
A condition often described as the feeling of walking on a marble and is caused by a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve that leads to the toes, usually between the third and fourth toes, and caused by irritation, trauma, or excessive pressure.
One of the most common injuries, an ankle sprain happens when the strong ligaments supporting the ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. The severity of a sprain can range a great deal depending on the number of ligaments involved and the extent of tearing. If left untreated, a sprained ankle can become chronic and weaken your ankle to where the sprain is more likely to occur again.
Stiff Big Toe
Also known as hallux rigidus, a common sign of arthritis in the foot and makes walking both difficult and painful. The causes are generally unknown but some factors include an injury to the big toe that damages the articular cartilage or increased stress on the joint from different foot anatomy.
Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
A small crack or severe bruising in a bone often caused by overuse and repetitive activity, sometimes from suddenly changing their activity, such as a workout surface. Patients tend to experience tenderness at the fracture site and the pain usually develops gradually with heightened points during weight-bearing activities.