Foot And Ankle

Did you know? 80% of us will have a foot or ankle problems.

By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: January 12, 2012

Foot And Ankle

As much stress as we are under in our daily routines, our feet are constantly beneath it all. At one point or another during our lifetimes, 80 percent of us will have a foot or ankle problem.

What things continually affect our feet? Activity consumption, our career, health conditions, and the most significant factor causing stress…our shoes.

The structures of your feet grind together, distributing the tremendous burden of daily living.

Common disorders of the foot and ankle: Posterior tibial rupture, clubfoot, heel spurs (plantar fasciitis), bunions (hallux valgus), hallux rigidus, ingrown toenails, chronic ankle instability, Morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, osteoarthritis and achilles tendinitis. A number of universal diseases can be first detected in the feet, such as diabetes, circulatory disorders and kidney problems. Arthritis often bouts foot joints first.  

The foot is considered to be an extraordinarily complex masterpiece. The skeleton of the foot comprises of the ankle joint intersected with the tibia and fibula (lower leg) to create the stable mortise joint.

Have you heard of onychomycosis? This fungus condition can be picked up anyplace you engage with bare feet. It can easily spread from toe to toe leading to horrid discoloration and the stiffening and cracking of the nail. To correct this issue, orthopedic doctor use a high-intensity beam of light to neutralize fungus deep inside or below the nail.

The largest tendon in the human body is known as the Achilles tendon. It unites your calf muscles to your heel bone and is primarily used when you walk or run. If you suffer from pain in this area it is a common condition called Achilles tendinitis.

Many foot and ankle problems can be remedied with conventional care, medications or orthopedic devices. For patients with conditions that fail to respond to this type of care, surgical intervention may be required. This is no surprise when you consider the fact that walking puts up to 1½ times your body weight on your feet and an average person will walk approximately 5 million feet a year.

Take Care of your Feet. Your feet require specialized care.

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