Foot / Ankle
Healthy feet and ankles are essential towards living a full life, but taking care of them requires diligence and attention. Many foot and ankle-related conditions can worsen and lead to serious problems if left undiagnosed or untreated.
At Southwest Orthopaedic Group, we offer a full-range of foot and ankle services as well as lower extremity services.
Foot Pain: There are many reasons why one might experience foot pain; overuse, injury, or inflammation of the tendons, ligaments, and bones can all lead to varying degrees of pain in the foot and ankle area.
Workers Compensation Injuries: Ankle and foot injuries are the most common kind of workplace-related injuries. These include crushed feet, strained or broken ankles, and twists.
Heel Pain: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, although other causes can include nerve irritation, arthritis, tendonitis, stress fractures, and in rare cases, cysts.
Achilles Tendon: The Achilles tendon is the fibrous cord that stretches from the back of your ankle to your calf, and this can rupture or tear when it is overstretched.
Ankle Pain / Instability / Sprains: When the ankle experiences extreme or sudden forceful twisting, this can result in sprains and pain. These must be treated to full health, or a patient risks developing long-term issues.
Arthritic Foot: Foot arthritis is a general condition that includes over a hundred conditions and diseases. Generally, this leads to pain and swelling in the foot, causing loss of joint function and deformity.
Crush Injuries: Crush injuries are common on the foot, when heavy objects fall onto it and apply extreme pressure or force against the foot. This can cause blood, muscle, tissue damage and more.
Metatarsalgia: This is the condition of inflammation and pain around the ball of the foot, and is a result of overuse and possibly other conditions.
Flat Feet: Some toddlers and infants suffer flat feet, as the arch underneath the foot can sometimes take longer to develop; a few people age into adulthood without ever developing this arch. This leads to feet rolling inward during standing and walking, causing pain and discomfort.
Heel Spurs: Heel spurs or heel spur syndrome is generally painless, but there are cases of it leading to heel pain. Treatments include custom-made orthotics, cortisone injections, exercise, and medications.
Fractures: A stress fracture of the lower leg is a tiny hairline crack in the bone. Fractures can occur in the tibia (shin bone), the larger bone of the lower leg. Or it may happen in the fibula, the smaller bone of the lower leg. A lower leg hairline fracture often is caused by ongoing overuse, such as from regular long-distance running.
Neuroma: Also known as a nerve tumor or a pinched nerve, a neuroma is a benign growth usually found between the fourth and third toe. This leads to numbness or tingling along the toes and the bottom of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis: Perhaps the most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation in the area at the bottom of the foot, causing a stabbing pain in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
Poor Circulation: Poor circulation of blood can often lead to foot pain, in which arteries and blood vessels narrow and stiffen.
Wounds / Infection: Foot wounds can be dangerous, especially amongst diabetics. Infections can occur from wounds or open ulcerations, leading to more serious conditions.
Lower Leg Trauma: Injuries to the lower leg usually occur in activities that involve a lot of running and jumping. These injuries can have either an acute or overuse cause. Trauma cases are especially challenging to treat, but our team of trauma specialists will act quickly to examine your injury and determine how to treat it.
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