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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How Ankles Break and How They Heal

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to break your ankle, you know how painful this common injury is. Though by no means catastrophic, a fractured ankle can be disabling for months and may require surgery. As with other fractures, the type and severity of the injury will determine treatment options and length of recovery. Unless you…

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Ankle Fusion to Treat Severe Pain of Arthritis

Does ankle fusion surgery relieve arthritis pain in the ankle? The legendary actress Bette Davis is quoted as saying “Old age is no place for sissies.” She might well have been talking about the seemingly inevitable manner in which the body rapidly starts racking up aches and pains as we get older. Arthritis would likely…

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Adipose Derived Stem Cells for Tissue Repair

Can stem cells be used to relieve the pain of arthritis in the feet and ankles? Worldwide, the number one cause of joint pain and impaired mobility is osteoarthritis (OA). Just in the U.S., we spend more than 100 billion dollars per year on various treatment methods, ranging from non-invasive behavior modification recommendations to total…

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What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?

Does Morton’s neuroma always cause pain? It’s possible to have the condition known as Morton’s neuroma and never be aware of it. Morton’s neuroma is the most common form of neuroma that affects the foot. It is a mass of nerve tissue, typically benign, that is usually found surrounding the nerve that runs between the…

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