DAVE WATTS, MD
Foot and Ankle
Foot and ankle are central to trouble free feet movement. When you have a problem in your foot or ankle, it greatly disturbs your ability to move. Among other factors, aging contributes to increased chances of osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle.
Here are some common symptoms signaling arthritis of foot and ankle.
The pain of foot and ankle curtailing free movement.
A tingling feeling along with swelling of the joint.
A reduced ability to take a few steps, bear weight or do other daily routine tasks involving feet and ankle joint movement.
A feeling of stiffness in the joint.
There can be many ways of diagnosing and treating the problem including physical examination, X-rays, medical history, and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
Listed below are some of the commonly associated foot and ankle related problems.
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Achilles tendon rupture is a severe foot and ankle injury affecting a patient’s lower leg area. The overstretching of the Achilles’ tendon can result in its complete or partial rupture.
A bunion is a bony deformity formed at the base of big toe. It is usually a joint deformity, also known as hallux valgus by medical experts. One of the most significant signs of having bunions is one toe pointing towards the other toes on the same foot.
Diabetic Foot Issues
A patient who has severe diabetes can have their body organs badly damaged. A diabetic foot usually occurs because of diabetes damaging the nerve and it may also occur due to peripheral vascular disease.
Fracture and Sprains
There can be many reasons for fractures and sprains of the foot and ankle. Sprains take longer to heal, and you must get advice from an expert orthopedic surgeon.
The deformity of the second, third or fourth toe is called hammer toe. The affected toe is usually bent at the center, making it look like a stick. A hammer toe if detected earlier can be treated by a skilled orthopedic surgeon.
Plantar Fasciitis is considered as one of the most common reasons of having heel pain. The problem starts because of the inflammation of a thick tissue band. Always make sure not to overstrain your plantar fascia.