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Arthritis in the feet and ankles can be painful, which can make daily activities like walking or standing difficult. Joint stiffness and pain due to arthritis in the feet and ankles can stop you from performing normal everyday activities. Without professional treatment, arthritis symptoms can worsen and become debilitating. At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, Dr. Matthew Hinderland is your podiatrist for arthritic foot and ankle care, as well as other podiatry services in Colorado Springs, CO.
Types of Foot and Ankle Arthritis
There are three different types of arthritis that can affect the feet and ankles. The three types of arthritis include:
- Osteoarthritis — Develops over time due to cartilage in the joints being worn down.
- Post-Traumatic Arthritis — Caused by an injury or other trauma to the feet and ankles, such as fractures and severe sprains, and can take years to develop.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis — Caused by the body’s immune system by attacking the cartilage in the joints.
Treating Arthritis in the Feet and Ankles
Arthritis of the feet and ankles is associated with inflammation, joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and pain. Living with the pain and discomfort of arthritis in the feet and ankles can interfere with daily activities and keep you from participating in the things you enjoy. Fortunately, treatments are available that can provide relief from the pain and discomfort of arthritis. At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your podiatry center in Colorado Springs, Dr. Hinderland can recommend effective treatment options based on your arthritis symptoms.
There are several options for treating arthritis in the feet and ankles. Some of these treatment options include:
- Caring for the feet and ankles
- Pain relievers
- Custom orthotics
- Ankle brace
In addition to seeking treatment for arthritis of the feet and ankles, it is also important to care for your feet and ankles daily. Simple actions such as wearing comfortable, supportive footwear and resting the feet throughout the day can help minimize arthritis symptoms. If you are overweight, losing some weight can also alleviate some of the stress on your feet and ankles, which can help minimize arthritis symptoms. Other ways to care for your feet and ankles include soaking them in a warm foot bath and massaging them.
Seeing a podiatrist regularly and caring for your feet and ankles daily are both important aspects of an effective arthritic foot and ankle care routine. For treatment of arthritis of the feet and ankles, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hinderland by calling the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your podiatry center in Colorado Springs, CO, at (719) 488-4664.
Thanks to its location on your body and design, your ankle is prone to injury from accidents, overuse, or even a simple misstep. A sprain can cause serious pain and discomfort and require that you stay off your foot for an extended period of time. Making the mistake of trying to keep using a sprained ankle normally can only worsen your situation, causing more damage or longer healing times. However, knowing the signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle and what to do to help it heal can help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Find out more about sprained ankles with Dr. Matthew Hinderland at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.
What is a sprained ankle?
A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments surrounding a joint, such as the ankle, are twisted or stretched. This causes the ligament to become damaged but not dislocated, resulting in a sprain. A sprain is often caused by trauma to the ankle joint but can occur slowly over time due to overuse or stress. Those who do not warm up properly before exercise, walk on slippery or uneven surfaces, wear poorly fitting shoes or sporting equipment, or have weak muscles from lack of conditioning are at a higher risk for a sprained ankle.
Is my ankle sprained or broken?
A sprained ankle affects the soft tissues around a joint, meaning that if you have a sprain, the pain is concentrated over the soft tissues around the ankle, not over the joint itself. A sprain may allow you to place some pressure on the foot while a break will not allow you to place any pressure on the foot. A sprain may begin improving within a few days while a break will remain painful. However, both a sprain and a break produce similar symptoms such as pain, discomfort, bruising, and swelling, and require an x-ray to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Sprained Ankle Treatments in Colorado Springs, CO
Treating a sprained ankle almost always begins with the RICE method, which includes resting and icing the foot, using a compression band to help with swelling, and elevating the foot higher than the heart. In most cases, this method is enough to treat a sprained ankle. However, some more severe cases require other treatments which may include physical therapy or surgery.
For more information on sprained ankles and how your podiatrist can help treat it, please contact Dr. Hinderland at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO. Call (719) 488-4664 to schedule your appointment today!
Metatarsal fractures are common fractures that occur in the foot and ankle. They range from slight stress fractures, which can often heal with correct immobilization, to open fractures that require urgent attention. Metatarsal fractures often occur from twisting injuries or from direct blunt force trauma.
If the fractures are well positioned, they can often be treated with a short leg cast. When they are displaced, they sometimes need to be re-aligned with pins, screws, or plates to allow optimal healing and functionality of the foot long term. If they involve growth plates in children, it adds of level of complexity because it can cause premature closure of the growth plate leading to foot deformites. Jones fractures are fractures in the 5th metatarsal that often do not heal well because of poor blood supply, and they also sometimes need to be surgically addressed.
If you are having any foot and ankle problems, call Dr. Hinderland, your Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664! We are here to help you with any foot and ankle problems you may be having.
Haglund's deformities are bumps that form on the back of the heel. They are typically more toward the lateral or outside part of the heel on the posterior aspect, and they often cause pain especially when shoes rub on the area. Another name for these that has been used in the past is a "pump bump." Most of the time, they are more prominent in certain people based on the way the calcaneus forms and also based on the angle of inclination of the calcaneus.
Conservative treatment for pain from a Haglund's deformity typically involves avoiding shoes that rub on the spot, padding on or around the area as well as ice and anti-inflammatories. If that doesn't alleviate the pain, surgically shaving down the bump is a more longterm treatment option to help reduce pain.
If you are suffering with any foot and ankle injuries or pain, we are here to help. We can help you with anything from ingrown toenails and orthotics to foot and ankle fractures and ligament and tendon injuries. Call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664!
Has your foot or ankle pain continued throughout multiple treatments? If so, you may benefit from surgery performed by your foot and ankle surgeon to fix the issue once and for all. But when is surgery necessary? What are the reasons that surgery may benefit you more than other treatments? Find out more about foot and ankle surgery and what it means for you with Dr. Matthew Hinderland at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.
When is foot and ankle surgery necessary?
Your doctor will almost always try less invasive and complex treatments before suggesting surgery. However, if these treatments fail to produce the desired results, surgery may become necessary to repair the underlying root of your problem. Usually, foot and ankle surgery requires several weeks of recovery time while using crutches to walk. Your doctor may also suggest prescription painkillers or over-the-counter medications to help with the recovery process. Physical therapy is also common after surgery to rebuild the muscle and function of the ankle after its repair.
What can surgery treat?
Some common foot and ankle surgeries include:
- Fracture Repair: This common surgery occurs when the ankle bone has become damaged by a fracture and focuses on repairing the bone, often by using hardware like screws or plates to hold it in place as it heals.
- Ankle Replacement: Ankle replacement surgery becomes necessary when arthritis in the ankle joint causes so much pain that medication stops being able to manage it. The replacement joint often has artificial parts to it, held in place with a special glue.
- Ankle Fusion: This procedure joins the bones together permanently. After ankle fusion, the patient will not have an up-and-down or side-to-side range of motion in their ankle joint.
- Ankle Arthroscopy: This minimally invasive procedure uses a small incision and tube with a light attached to explore the ankle joint, remove debris, or repair a damaged ligament.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Colorado Springs, CO
If you think you could benefit from foot and ankle surgery, a consultation with your podiatrist can help you determine whether this is the best treatment for you to overcome your ankle pain for good. For more information on foot and ankle surgery, please contact Dr. Matthew Hinderland at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO. Call (719) 488-4664 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hinderland today!
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