Platelet-Rich Plasma for Achilles Tendon Injury

Can platelet-rich plasma be used to treat an Achilles tendon injury? The Achilles tendon, which runs down the back of the leg to the heel, is the largest tendon in the body. Pretty much every movement we make with our lower body, including walking, running, dancing, turning, jumping, going up stairs, even just standing up,…

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Ankle Arthroplasty or Ankle Fusion?

What determines whether ankle replacement surgery or ankle fusion is better? Currently, in the U.S., arthritis is the number one cause of disability, affecting more than 15 percent of the total population. As we age, we actually start looking for it in stiff finger joints and twinges in knee and hip joints. Joint replacement surgeries…

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Treatment Options for Bunions

Are there ways to treat bunions other than with surgery? Do you know one of those people who are always saying to look on the bright side of things? That there is a silver lining to every cloud? What do you suppose the odds are that they have ever struggled with a bunion? Not very…

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Causes and Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma

Are there treatment options for Morton’s neuroma other than surgery? Did you ever take a step and feel like there was a rock in your shoe? Or that a tiny assailant with a cattle prod was poking you in the ball of your foot? If neither of these prove to be valid assumptions, there is…

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Ankle Arthritis: Causes and Treatment

We know arthritis often shows up in the knees and hips but can you also develop it in the ankles? Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the U.S., can develop in any of the body’s joints. More than 100 different types have been identified, and there is every reason to believe that more will…

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Types of Arthritis Affecting the Foot

What kind of arthritis most often shows up in the joints of the foot? Fingers that are gnarled and misshapen and surgeries to replace knee and hip joints are what we most often associate with arthritis these days. While those are common areas for the development of this debilitating condition, arthritis is an equal opportunity…

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Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Is it possible to treat posterior tibial tendon dysfunction without surgery? It may surprise you to learn that posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is not only a very common problem but that you or someone you know may actually suffer from it. The posterior tibialis muscle runs along the back of the calf and the…

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Ankle Arthroscopy for Treatment of Bone Spurs

Is it possible to use ankle arthroscopy to treat bone spurs on the ankle? Osteophytes, more commonly known as bone spurs, typically develop where bones come together, which is why they are most often found in the joints. Despite the image of a “spur” being anything but smooth, bone spurs actually are smooth, just like…

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Is a Lisfranc Injury More Serious Than a Sprain?

How is a Lisfranc injury different from a sprain, and which is the more serious injury? Foot and ankle injuries are very common, especially among athletes and those involved in other types of rigorous activities. Injuries to the foot are classified based on whether there is damage to bone, ligament or tendon. If a bone…

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Foot Fracture Treatment

Do broken bones in the foot always require surgery? We ask a lot of our bodies and, more often than not, take for granted that the demands we make on them will simply be done. Usually, this happens automatically, without even a pause on our part to think about how all of the various parts…

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