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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!
Osteomyelitis is the medical term for a bone infection. It can be a devastating problem, because generally speaking, antibiotics do not do a very good job of treating this. In the foot and ankle, the best treatment is typically to remove as much of the bone that is affected as possible while leaving a functional foot, and then use intravenous antibiotics to try and clean up any remaining infection that could remain.
One common problem we see that leads to bone infection is neuropathy. Patients can develop neuropathy from many different causes, but the most common cause in the U.S. is now diabetes. Neuropathy is essentially a condition in the lower extremity that develops when the nerves to the foot and ankle no longer work as well as they used to. When this happens, patients can lose the "gift of pain" and no longer know when something like a blister or wound has started on their foot. Unfortunately, these can be sources that can lead to bone infections and possibly amputations of the toes, foot, or lower leg.
If you have any foot and ankle problems, don't wait to seek treatment. Many times, early treatment and intervention can help give you the best outcome possible. Call our foot and ankle surgeon at 719-488-4664 today, so we can help you!
A bump on the side of the foot is commonly caused from a bunion or a tailor's bunion. Both of these form due to an abnormal shape of the bone and the joints in the foot. Typically, these start to hurt because shoes rub on the bumps. Often times, inflammation causes pain and patients commonly develop neuritis or bursitis which leads to pain with activities.
Typically, the best treatments to employ for these bumps are wearing wider shoes and using pads over or around the area. If the pain is limiting the ability to remain active or wear shoes and conservative therapy does note alleviate the pain, then surgical options can also help. Depending on the necessary procedure, patients are sometimes able to walk in a protective boot the day of surgery. In more severe cases, patients may be required to be nonweightbearing in a cast after surgery to allow the foot to heal correctly.
Painful bumps on your feet are not normal, and we have treatment options to help you. Call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you remain active!
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