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Have you been living with chronic pain or mobility issues due to an ankle injury or condition? Ankle surgery, offered by your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, may improve your condition.
When should you consider ankle surgery?
In many cases, ankle pain and injuries can be successfully managed with conservative treatment methods, such as casts, walking boots, crutches and shockwave therapy. Surgery is usually only recommended if other treatment methods are unsuccessful.
Ankle surgery may also be needed if:
- Your life has changed due to ankle pain: Your Colorado Springs or Monument, CO, foot doctor may suggest ankle surgery if pain interferes with the quality of your life. Chronic or severe pain not only makes it difficult to do the things you need to do but can also lead to depression. If medication or other treatment options don't adequately control your pain, surgery may be the best option.
- Walking and standing are difficult: Arthritis, fractures, and severe sprains may make it challenging to walk or even stand easily. Surgery can stabilize your ankle and improve mobility.
- Your injury has affected your gait: If you change the way you walk due to an ankle condition, you may soon begin to experience pain in your legs, knees, hips or back. Restoring your usual gait will help ease these painful symptoms.
What conditions can be improved with ankle surgery?
Surgery may be recommended for:
- Severe Sprains: Although most sprains heal with conservative treatment, you may need surgery if your ankle becomes unstable.
- Achilles Tendon Tears: Tears in the thin tendon at the back of your ankle make it difficult to bend your foot or walk easily. During surgery, your podiatrist sutures the two ends of the tendon together and lengthens it in some cases.
- Fractures: Severe fractures may require surgery.
- Arthritis: Ankle arthroscopy, fusion, or replacement may be recommended if arthritis causes severe pain or interferes with normal joint function.
Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for ankle surgery? Call your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, at (719) 488-4664 to schedule an appointment.
There are many different ways to lengthen the achilles tendon, but the 2 most common ways are to either do a triple hemi section (which means cut the achilles partially in 3 different places to let the tendon lenthen) or do a gastrocnemius recession. The reason surgeons will choose one of these procedures depends on which muscles in the posterior leg are too tight. The easist way to determine this is to dorsiflex the ankle with the knee extended and then the knee flexed.
There are many reasons why surgeons recommend achilles tendon lenthening. Probably the most common procedure we do this on today is a flatfoot reconstruction. In a flatfoot, the achilles becomes too tight, and actually becomes a deforming force to push the heel in to more valgus and make the flatfoot even worse. Other common reasons the achilles needs to be lenthening including chronic plantar forefoot diabetic wounds and other chronic plantar forefoot pain, such as metatarsalgia, that doesn't improve with conservative measures like stretching and using orthotics.
If you have either an injury or pain that isn't getting better in your feet and ankles, we are here to help you! Call our experienced foot and ankle surgeons today at 719-488-4664. We are Colorado Springs premier podiatrists, and we're here to help get you back on your feet and live an active lifestyle!
Heel pain affects numerous individuals at one time or another, usually developing after an injury or from repeated stress on the feet. Depending on the severity of your heel pain, it might even prevent you from participating in your favorite activities, such as taking walks, working out, or participating in sports. Dr. Matthew Hinderland and Dr. Jordan Cameron of the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your office for podiatry in Colorado Springs, CO, can help you achieve relief from heel pain so you can resume your favorite activities—read on to learn more!
There can be several causes of heel pain, such as arthritis, tendonitis, or stress fractures. One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis, in which pain is felt along the arch of the foot and at the bottom of the heel. The tissues that run along the bottom of the foot are called plantar fascia, and when these tissues become inflamed, heel pain can develop.
One way that plantar fascia tissues become inflamed is due to overpronation. Feet that overpronate when walking or running roll inward toward the arch. This motion flattens out the feet, which can cause the arches to lengthen and be stretched too much. As the arches lengthen and stretch, the plantar fascia tissues experience tension and can become inflamed, which often results in pain and discomfort.
Another source of heel pain related to plantar fasciitis is a condition known as heel spur syndrome. Heel spur syndrome is a condition associated with the formation of calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel. When calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel, they are often referred to as heel spurs. These spurs can cause pain and discomfort in the heel area anytime that pressure is present, such as when running, walking, jumping, or even standing.
Treating Heel Pain
There are many ways to treat heel pain, and during a consultation, your podiatrist could recommend specific treatments that are best for your particular type of heel pain, whether that be resting your feet or wearing more supportive footwear. At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatry office, methods for treating heel pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Orthotic foot supports
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
If you are dealing with heel pain, help is available. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hinderland or Dr. Cameron by calling the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your podiatry office in Colorado Springs, CO, at (719) 488-4664.
If you have a high arch foot type, there are several things of which you should be aware. The medical term for a high arch foot is pes cavus. People with high arches are prone to several different types of foot and ankle problems including chronic lateral ankle inversion type sprains, 5th metatarsal Jones fractures, hammertoes, and chronic metatarsalgia or pain in the ball of the foot.
Generally speaking, high arch feet are more rigid, and they don't absorb shock very well. This can lead to arthritis of different joints in the foot and ankle developing more quickly than they typically would for patients with an average arch height.
High arch feet are also associated with some neurologic conditions, the most common of which is Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. These neuorologic conditions can be progressive, and that can change the recommended treatment. Consequently, it is important to have an accurate diagnosis when making treatment decisions about these conditions.
If you are having any foot or ankle problems, call our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron at 719-488-4664 today, so we can help you. The team at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Monument all strive to treat you like they want to be treated, and try to make your foot and ankle care the best possible experience it can be!
Every year in the week following Thanksgiving, we see an increase in heel (calcaneal) fractures and other injuries associated with falling off ladders or roofs when hanging Christmas lights. Please remember to take appropriate precautions to avoid falling and suffering an injury.
If you have fallen or suffered a foot or ankle injury, the team at the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado is here to help you. Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron are both expertly trained to help you with both surgical and nonsurgical management of your injury. Call our Colorado Springs podiatrist today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!
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