- 2014/03/25/Tue 11:19
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Fractures of the foot and ankle - Information about broken bones in the feet and ankles
Information About Foot & Ankle FracturesFractures, or broken bones, of the foot and ankle are common injuries.Because our foot and ankle are necessary for walking, it is important to have proper treatment of any foot or ankle fracture.
The calcaneus is the bone in heel.Calcaneus fractures can be severe injuries and often lead to problems of chronic pain in the foot.Treatment of a broken heel bone depends on the severity of the fracture.
A talus fracture occurs when the talar bone, one of the important connections between the leg and the foot, is broken.The talus has cartilage that contrubutes to both the ankle and hidfoot joiints.A talus fracture often requires surgery, and even with surgical treatment, patients often have long term ankle problems such as arthritis.
Broken Ankle - Ankle Fracture
An ankle fracture is a common injury. Broken ankles are among the most prevalent fracture types. Find information about broken ankles as well as information about ankle fracture treatment.
Metatarsal Stress Fracture
A metatarsal stress fracture is a common cause of foot pain, especially when people suddenly increase their activities. This type of injury, notorious in soldier recruits, is also called a "march fracture."
A Jones fracture is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the foot. Patients who sustain a Jones fracture have pain over this middle/outside area of their foot, swelling, and difficulty walking.
Navicular Stress Fracture
A navicular stress fracture is an injury to the midfoot region below the ankle.Athletes who sustain a navicular stress fracture commonly complain of a vague pain in the midfoot that hurts during activity.Treatment of a navicular stress fractures is usually accomplished with a cast.
Actually a fracture and dislocation, this is an injury to a joint in the midfoot.
A fibula fracture is an injury to the lower leg.Most often, a broken fibula is a type of ankle fracture, although there are other types of fractures of this bone.Treatment of a fibula fracture depends on the type of break that occurred.
Posterior Malleolus Fractures
Ankle fractures are common injuries that can involve different bones. Posterior malleolus fractures are one type of injury associate with a broken ankle.
- 2014/03/19/Wed 07:35
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Achilles Tendonitis Pain Treatment | AFACC TN
Achilles tendonitis is a common disorder that can cause lingering pain and swelling for those effected, and can even require surgery when left untreated. An early evaluation at an AFACC clinic can help you recover properly and avoid surgery with non-invasive treatments. Fill out the form to the left to schedule an appointment with a specialist today.
What is the Achilles Tendon & How is it Affected By Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is an acute inflammation of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. Also called the "heel cord," the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body.
Left untreated, the condition usually progresses to a degeneration of the tendon (Achilles tendonosis), in which the tendon loses its anatomic structure and is likely to develop tendon tears. In some cases, the degeneration may result in a complete rupture of the tendon.
Causes & Symptoms of Achilles Injuries
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis may include the following:
Pain with activities or at restAchingTendernessStiffnessSwellingThickening of the tendonTendon weakness
These symptoms are usually caused by a sudden increase of repetitive activities involving the Achilles tendon. Such activities put too much stress on the tendon, leading to injury of the tendon fibers. With continued stress, the body is unable to repair the injured tendon, resulting in continued pain.
Achilles injuries are common to individuals who frequently place stress on their feet and ankles, such as athletes and laborers. However, routine daily activities and light exercising can sometimes result in tendon flare-ups. Excess weight can also contribute to tendon damage.
People with flat feet have a somewhat greater tendency to develop Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking. Proper shoe gear is essential in this patient population.
In diagnosing Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis, your AFACC podiatrist will fully examine your foot and ankle, and evaluate the condition of the tendon. This often includes evaluation of the tendon's strength and range of motion. The full extent of the tendon damage can be further assessed with x-rays or MRI, when necessary.
Tendonitis Treatment Options
Treatment approaches are usually selected on the basis of how long the injury has been present and the degree of damage to the tendon. In many cases, non-surgical treatments are very effective in managing Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendonosis. Surgical repair is sometimes required with moderate to severe tendon damage - early evaluation and treatment by your podiatric physician can help you avoid this, and is essential in helping to prevent further damage to the tendon.
For more information about Achilles tendonitis or to have your injury assessed, contact us today to schedule an appointment at the AFACC clinic nearest you.
- 2014/03/17/Mon 19:49
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Foot Conditions - Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics Of America
Millions of people suffer unnecessarily every day with debilitating foot pain. In fact it is common for people to accept foot pain as a normal part of life. Foot pain suffers many times feel as though that's the way their feet are and they just need to learn to live with the pain.
For decades, foot pain sufferers have attempted to resolve their foot problems by purchasing and using a variety of different shoe inserts. Many times these shoe inserts are purchased over the counter or from specialty stores; whereas other foot pain suffers will even go so far as to see a foot doctor to get custom fitted orthotics to wear inside their shoes.
While wearing a good pair of shoe inserts isn't a bad idea it will rarely correct the actual underlying problem causing a person's foot condition. Custom made orthotics and over the counter shoe inserts simply act as a band-aid to support the foot and provide a cushioned surface. Sometimes this band-aid approach will provide relief but many times it's a futile attempt as shoe inserts will often fail to provide the long-term relief that they had promised.
You might ask yourself, "If shoe inserts don't correct the underlying cause, then what is the solution to really getting to the actual problem that is causing the foot pain"? Is it surgery? Is it injections? Is it medications? The answer to all of those questions is no. Surgery, injections and medications will generally not fix the problem either. In fact, with surgery especially there are numerous risks that you will need to consider. So then what is the solution to actually correct the underlying cause of your foot condition and pain?
Because most foot pain is related to an abnormality in the alignment of the 26 foot bones the best solution will be one that directly address and corrects the foot bone misalignments. The best solution to improving the healthy alignment of the foot bones is accomplished using a specific joint manipulation procedure by a trained expert. Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America provides a fellowship training program for a small number of chiropractors across the nation. The treatments provided by a Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America doctor, is far superior to other conservative treatments.
Your Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America doctor is a trained expert in performing specific, gentle adjustments to the 26 bones of the foot. Many people are familiar with chiropractic care as it relates to the spine, however, the idea of having your foot adjusted is a whole new concept to most. With standard chiropractic practices a chiropractor will improve a patient's back pain condition by administering a gentle, specific adjustment to a misaligned vertebra. Similarly a Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America doctor will provide their foot pain patients with a gentle, specific adjustment to the misaligned foot bones thus providing the patient with relief. Because the chiropractor is actually improving the alignment of the foot bones it is truly getting to the root cause of the problem.
Common Areas of Foot Pain
Bottom of Foot Pain / Heel Pain
Bottom of foot pain can be related to several different factors depending on the location of the pain. Other factors include type of footwear, activities and hobbies, age, weight, and overall health. Some of the more common bottom of foot pain conditions include plantar fasciitis, heel spur syndrome and metatarsalgia.
Ball of Foot Pain
The ball of the foot is that area on the under surface of the foot where the toes join to the long bones (or metatarsals). This is a common area that can become irritated or injured and develop pain. There are a few main reasons or causes for most cases of pain in the ball of the foot. If one or more of the metatarsal bones become misaligned this can alter the foot's ability to naturally distribute weight during the gait cycle (walking cycle). People suffering from this type of pain will many times report that it feels like there's a lump under that portion of their foot when they stand or walk. Ball of foot pain is commonly referred to as Metatarsalgia. There are other reasons for this type of pain such as stress fracture, improperly sized shoes or from wearing high-heel shoes.
Top of Foot Pain
Top of foot pain is not as common as pain on the bottom of the foot but it can be equally as debilitating. People with flat feet may tend to experience an irritation to the joints between the foot bones on the top surface of those joints. As a result they may complain of pain and discomfort on the top of their foot. High arched feet can also develop stress and result in pain on the top of the foot, however this is usually do to tensed or strained tendons that pass over that area. In both cases the underlying cause of the top of foot pain is related to a mechanical dysfunction or misalignment of the bones in the foot.
Side of Foot Pain
Foot pain can be present at several locations on either the inside or outside of the foot and/or ankle. In most cases these pain symptoms are related to some mechanical stress or misalignment of one or more of the 26 foot bones. People who run or are active on their feet often complain of pain on the side of their foot. Another common cause of pain of the side of the foot is from shoes that are too tight and cause a constricting pressure on either side of the forefoot. This can cause pain at either the big toe are or the outside of the fifth toe.
Some common conditions that are related to side of foot pain are: bunions, tailor's bunion, ankle stress or ankle sprains, flat feet, and possibly even tendonitis. When the foot bones lose their healthy alignment it will lead to an increase in stress to the foot bones and joints as well as significant stress to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot.
Back of the Foot Pain / Back of Heel Pain
The most common condition that affects the back of the foot is known as Achilles tendonitis. This condition occurs when there has been a great amount of stress and strain on the Achilles tendon due to various activities and abnormal movements of the foot, ankle and leg. A misalignment or mechanical dysfunction of the hind foot will generally be present when a person is suffering from this condition. Many times the patient will report having had a prior history of an ankle or sprain to the foot, possibly even months or years prior to the achilles tendonitis developing. Other times this painful condition may have developed due to repetitive movements of the foot and/or ankle over an extended period of time.
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Common Foot & Leg Conditions Treated:Planter FasciitisHeel PainHeel Spur SyndromeBottom of Foot PainAchilles TendonitisAnkle SprainsAnkle PainArch PainMetatarsalgiaBall of Foot PainBunionsTailor's Bunions (Bunionette)HammertoeMorton's NeuromaGeneralized Foot PainFlat FeetOver PronationHigh ArchesSever's DiseaseHaglund's DeformityShin SplintsCompartment SyndromeKnee Pain