Below is a list of common foot and ankle problems that the doctors at EBJ Proliance Surgeons treat like bunions, broken ankles, heel fractures and others.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more. But it is also the most frequently ruptured tendon.
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Irritation of the Achilles tendon usually at its connection to the heel bone (calcaneus). This is a common injury to tennis players and commonly occurs in other racquet sports.
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During the past 30 years, doctors have noted an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles, due in part to an active, older population of “baby boomers.”
The talus (TAY-lus) is a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the two bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula). It has an odd humped shape, somewhat like a turtle.
It’s not easy to break your heel bone (calcaneus). Because it takes a lot of force, such as that sustained in a motor vehicle accident or a fall from a height, you may also incur other injuries as well, particularly to the back.
A hammer toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer.
If you trim your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes, you may set the stage for an ingrown toenail.
A Jones fracture is a break through the metadiaphyseal junction of the 5th metatarsal and commonly occurs in basketball and football players.
If you sometimes feel that you are “walking on a marble,” and you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition called Morton’s neuroma.
A sprained ankle is a very common injury. Approximately 25,000 people experience it each day, many which occur while working on the job.
The most common site of arthritis in the foot is at the base of the big toe. This joint is called the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joint.
Stress fractures are a type of overuse injury. These tiny cracks in your bones develop when your muscles become overtired (fatigued) and can no longer absorb the shock of repeated impacts.
A common football and soccer injury to the big toe usually caused by upward bending.
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