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Posts for: October, 2017
Arthritis occurs in foot and ankle joints when cartilage is worn down. You essentially lose the padding between two bones and they typically start to rub on each other causing pain. Bone spurs can then form, which leads to even greater pain. Unfortunately, this can cause people to lead less active lifestyles and their overall health can suffer.
Thankfully, several options exist to help with pain. Many joints in the foot and ankle used to require fusion to help decrease pain, but this can lead to a stiffer foot that can make it harder to exercise. There are now procedures availble to help repair cartilage defects in the ankle that can be performed minimally invasively through arthroscopy.
In the big toe joint, there is a newer option available as well, that can help restore range of motion and decrease pain. The results have been very promising with this, and it is allowing patients to return to hiking and other activities with less pain. Call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today if you are experiencing pain, so we can help you!
Heel pain happens in children very frequently because the epiphyseal plate (or growth plate) becomes inflammed and irritated. As we grow, part of the way our calcaneus (or heel bone) grows is by a growth plate on the back of the heel. Unfortunately, this can become painful from the pull of the Achilles tendon proximally and the pull of the plantar fascia distally.
This condition is called Sever's disease or calcaneal apophysitis and is commonly caused by kids playing sports or having a high level of activity. We can often help treat this by using custom orthotics and also using ice, rest, and anti-inflammatories as well as certain stretching exercises.
Having foot and ankle pain is not normal! Call our foot and ankle expert today at 719-488-4664, so we can help identify the source of your pain and eliminate it!