Is It a Sprain or a Jones Fracture?

Is it possible to think you only have a sprained ankle but it is actually a Jones fracture? It would be fair to say that, while the Jones fracture is considered by healthcare professionals to be one of the most serious fractures to the foot, many people have never heard of it. This is true…

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How to Prepare for Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

Are there things that I can do before my total ankle replacement surgery to help my recovery process? Have you recently been advised by your orthopedic specialist that total ankle replacement surgery is recommended? This was not something you wanted to hear. It’s also likely that it wasn’t a surprise either, because this only happens…

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Preventing Achilles Tendon Injury

Are there ways to reduce the chances of injuring the Achilles tendon? The cost-benefit principle is typically applied to financial matters, but it’s fairly easy to see how it can also relate to many other areas of life. Basically, this means that the more benefit we derive from something, the greater the cost is likely…

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Hallux Rigidus Causes and Treatment

What is hallux rigidus and is surgery necessary to treat it? I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you rarely give much thought to your big toe. That changes in an instant, of course, if you try walking across the floor in the middle of the night without turning on…

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Treatment Options for OCD Talus

What is OCD talus and does it always require surgery for treatment? The talus is one of the bones that makes up the ankle joint. It is located between the calcaneus, which is the heel bone, and the bones of the lower leg, the tibia, and the fibula. The top of the talus bone, where…

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How Serious Is a Jones Fracture?

If I suspect I may have a Jones fracture, should I see my doctor or will it heal on its own? Foot fractures are pretty common. One out of every ten broken bones occurs in the foot. That statistic sounds more reasonable when you consider that each foot contains a total of 26 bones. Of…

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Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis

Can osteoarthritis in the ankle lead to needing ankle replacement surgery? Arthritis affects more than 50 million people just in the U.S. alone. It is an equal-opportunity disease, striking men and women of all ages and races, although it does seem to affect women more. Even children are not immune. In the United States, arthritis…

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Ankle Sprains

Is a sprained ankle serious enough that I need to make a doctor’s appointment or will it heal on its own? There are a lot of reasons for ankle pain. Not only is the ankle a common target for injury, but there is also a long list of conditions and causes that lead to pain…

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Post-Traumatic Arthritis in the Ankle

Does post-traumatic arthritis lead to ankle surgery at some point in the future? There are dozens of variations on the saying about old sins coming back to haunt you. In place of sins, some people insert habits, insults, social media posts, or whatever applies to the point they are trying to make. When it comes…

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