Conditions & Treatments
Foot & Ankle
Foot & Ankle Pain Treatment
The foot and ankle bear the weight of the entire body. Many people experience foot and ankle problems that can result in severe pain and limit the things they enjoy or even the ability to perform many of the daily tasks we take for granted such as walking, running and dancing. Some of the factors that contribute to the cause of pain include:
- Poorly fitting shoes
- Repetitive Use
**Athletes and dancers can experience unique foot and ankle problems related to the stress on these joints while practicing or performing.
Expertise and Experience
The Foot and Ankle team at OSS Health has experience in correcting and preventing foot and ankle injuries. Our team consists of an Orthopaedic Surgeon with specialized training in foot and ankle, Podiatrists (foot and ankle specialists) and a team of Physical Therapists. Following a thorough evaluation, your OSS Health Specialist can suggest such options as medications, steroid injections, specific exercises, shoe inserts, foot pads and walking casts. For foot and ankle problems not relieved by conservative treatment, surgery performed by one of our expert doctors is also an option. Our goal is to keep your feet and ankles free of pain to allow greater mobility and freedom to pursue the activities you enjoy. Let us help you get back to dancing!
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Foot & Ankle Pain
General foot or ankle pain, which is often referred to simply as foot pain or ankle pain, is a common orthopaedic condition, especially in athletes and active individuals, the older population, and patients with diabetes. General foot or ankle pain is a condition that causes inflammation of the bones and soft tissues of the foot or ankle joint, which results in pain and decreased function of the foot and ankle. As the condition progresses, more inflammation occurs and it becomes more difficult to move the foot or ankle.
Foot & Ankle Arthritis
Ankle sprains are one of the most common orthopaedic injuries and are caused when the ankle is abnormally turned inward (inversion) or outward (eversion). The bones of the ankle are connected by strong ligaments. When the ankle is twisted, the ligaments are damaged and this is considered to be an ankle sprain. This injury most often occurs during sports but can also be the result of something as simple as missing a stair or a fall.
An Ankle Fracture, more commonly referred to as a “broken ankle,” is a fracture to one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint. Fractures can occur in any or all of the bones of the ankle joint, including:
- Tibia – the shinbone
- Fibula – the smaller bone of the lower leg
- Talus – a small bone that sits between the heel bone and the tibia and fibula
Bone spurs, which are often referred to simply as arthritis, are one of the most common orthopaedic conditions, especially in the older population. Bone spurs are a condition that narrow the joint space, causing the bones within the joint to rub together. This results in pain and decreased function of the joint. As the condition progresses, the bone spurs can become worse and the joint space can become narrower. Once there is no more joint space the bones of the ankle can begin to rub together causing increased pain.
Bunions, also known as a “hallax valgus deformity,” are a condition that causes the big toe of the foot to point outward. Bunions typically occur slowly over time but the pain will increase as the deformity gets worse and it may be difficult to walk, wear shoes or be active. In many cases, bone spurs will also form in the joint of the big toe and cause pain when walking or bearing weight. This condition is thought to affect those who wear tight shoes or high heels, but this condition can also be caused by repetitive actions with improper balance such as running or sports. Deformities in the foot or arthritis have also been known to cause bunions.
Ankle Arthroscopy is a procedure that uses a small surgical camera and surgical tools to treat chronic pain or loss of function in the ankle due to damaged cartilage, ligaments or bone spurs. Bone spurs or damage to the cartilage or ligaments can be the result of previous injuries (such as repeated ankle sprains) or arthritis and can limit day-to-day mobility.