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Common Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Dysfunctions
Ankles and feet are there to help us stabilize our bodies and they help us to balance. They are made up of bones, which are supported by ligaments and muscles. There are different kinds of causes behind ankle and foot disorders, such as bone damage, muscle damage, or soft tissue damage. It is believed that the ankle gets injured the most out of all joints of the body.
Common ankle disorders include:
Common foot disorders include:
- Morton’s neuroma
- Plantar fasciitis
- Athlete’s foot
- Ingrown toenails
- Diabetic neuropathy
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can lead to pain in the bottom of the heel, as well as the lower part of the middle foot. The ligaments get strained, due to improper footwear or poor arch support, as well as standing for a long time, long-distance running, gaining weight or suffering from another foot condition. This type of pain can be dull and sharp. The pain might get worse when we rest for a long time. Some home-treatments can help in such a case, such as icing, anti-inflammatory medications, and stretching your foot every day.
If none of the home remedies work, you might need to get corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, you might need to wear orthotics or you might even need surgery.
Another common condition is a plantar wart, which is caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus. It is transmitted in moist environments, such as swimming pools. While it is a very treatable condition, it can be very painful. The pain tends to get worse when walking. Treatment might take a couple of weeks and would require using products that contain salicylic acid. Sesamoiditis is a bone inflammation of the foot, which leads to pain. It is called sesamoiditis due to the sesamoid bones, which are found in our feet and have the function of helping us bend our big toe. Such a condition can also be treated by applying ice or heat to the affected area, by resting the feet, taking pain relievers, and use compression bandages.
What Causes Foot and Ankle Disorders?
There are different causes behind foot and ankle disorders. Some might include overuse, jumping or running, while others might be sprains and fractures, which occur due to falling and tripping, twisting or rotating or landing on the foot with increased force. Other causes might be excess strain, bone spurs, untreated flat feet, or a lack of conditioning for the leg and foot muscles.
Conditions such as arthritis may also affect the ankle and the foot. For example, osteoarthritis can lead to pain and stiffness in the joints of the ankle and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can destroy cartilage and also affect the joints. When you get your ankle or foot injured, you might suffer from post-traumatic arthritis. This condition can lead to stiffness and inflammation of the joints. It can also diminish the cartilage that has the function of covering the ends of the bones.
What Are the Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Disorders?
There are different kinds of symptoms for foot and ankle disorders, which depend on the type of injury. However, some common symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, difficulty walking, bruising, inability to put weight on the ankle or difficulty moving the ankle. In cases of Achilles tendonitis and tendonitis, you might also experience swelling, pain along the back of the heel, thickening of the tendon or a loud popping sound at the back of the heel. How are foot and ankle disorders diagnosed?
To diagnose foot and ankle disorders, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, as well as examine the foot and ankle and ask you about any recent injuries. You will probably also need to get some imaging tests, such as X-ray, CT or an MRI.
What Is the Treatment for Foot and Ankle Disorders?
Treating a foot or ankle disorder will depend on the symptoms that you are experiencing. Treatment might require a surgical or non-surgical approach.
Some of the non-surgical methods to treat your foot pain:
- Resting, elevating the foot and ankle, applying ice to the affected area
- Wearing compression bandages or casts
- Over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Cortisone shot
In more severe cases, the surgical approach would mean that you might need to get a reconstruction of the bones, joints, tendons, or ligaments, that the damaged tissue might need to be removed, that your ankle joint might need to be replaced, or you might need a fusion of the bones, which can make them more stable.
What Is the Long-Term Outlook for Foot and Ankle Disorders?
When you suffer from a foot or ankle disorder, the long-term outlook will depend on how severe the damage was and whether or not you will need surgery. For example, a very common ankle sprain usually takes around six weeks to heal. The same goes for foot and ankle fractures which don’t need surgery. In cases of surgery, recovery might need several weeks and months. Physical therapy can help you strengthen the ankles, but you might need up to one year of physical therapy.
While surgery can improve foot and ankle disorders, it also comes with side effects and risks of nerve damage or infections.
Can You Prevent Foot and Ankle Disorders?
There are ways, in which we can prevent suffering from foot and ankle disorders. It is recommended to be active, as this can strengthen your feet and ankles and add up to their flexibility. Exercising regularly is very important to build strong bones and to maintain a good balance. It is important that you warm up before any type of physical activity and that you always stretch before and after being active. It might help to wear comfortable shoes and to make sure, that you’re not pushing yourself too hard. If you experience pain during physical activity, it is important to stop the exercise immediately. When you have been feeling pain in your foot and ankle, which doesn’t go away, you must speak to your doctor, as some cases might worsen when left untreated.
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Dr. Raj Raval, M.D.
- Board Certified
- Interventional Pain & Musculoskeletal Medicine Specialist
Education & training
- SUNY Downstate PMR Residency
- Rutgers University Fellowship