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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!
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!
Joint replacements in the big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) have been performed for several decades now. They can provide pain relief for arthritis in the joint early on, but they also tend to wear out over time. Although they have improved substantially in the last few years, it is still pretty common to see joints that were put in 10-15 years ago wear out and start causing pain.
If you have a great toe joint replacement that is not working correctly or causing pain, there are some potential options to help. Some of the joint replacement can be revised if there is enough bone around the joint remaining. When the bone loss is too great, often the joint replacement can be removed and the joint can be fused using autgraft or allograft bone grafts.
If you are limited by stiffness or pain in your feet and ankles, we are here to help! Call our Colorado Springs podiatrists today at 719-488-4664. Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron strive to offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to keep you active and on your feet!
Bunions or bumps on the side of the foot are very common. Most people develop bumps on their feet due to genetics, and the propensity to develop bunions often runs in families. Wearing poor shoes can also cause bunions or tailor's bunions to develop. Sometimes, bumps on the feet are actually bone spurs that are getting larger over time due to worsening arthritis.
If you have painful bumps on your feet, it is not normal. When the bumps are limiting your activity and ability to wear shoes, it is time to address them medically. There are several different ways to address them, but often times, surgical removal can provide more pain relief and get you back to living a more active lifestyle. Call our Colorado Springs and Monument podiatrists today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you. Dr. Hinderland and Cameron both have extensive surgical training and experience and are ready to help you with all your foot and ankle needs!