Achilles tendon ruptures are a common tendon injury, usually occurring in middle-aged men during recreational sporting activities. Both nonoperative and operative management are employed to treat these injuries. Several operative treatments are described in the literature, including percutaneous Achilles repair, mini-open repair, and open repair. Open Achilles repair is associated with higher rates of [...]
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What is Heel Pain? Your feet take a beating every day. Every step you take, every stair you climb, the feet are doing the heavy lifting. While the feet are anatomically designed to withstand significant forces, too much stress sometimes overloads the foot leading to heel pain. Individuals that experience pain in the heel [...]
What is a Lisfranc Injury? Lisfranc injuries can be either an injury to the ligament or in some cases the bone within the midfoot. Many injuries to the midfoot are referred to as Lisfranc injures, but the ligament runs from the medial cuniform bone to the base of the second metatarsal. This area if [...]
What is a Sprained Ankle? Acute ankle sprain is the most common injury in sports. It occurs when the foot twists or rotates beyond its normal range of motion causing the ligaments to stretch or tear. The two ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle which are injured most often are the anterior [...]
What is Sesamoiditis? Sesamoid bones are found at certain joints of the human body. Most well-known is the patella or knee cap. The bones assist the tendons crossing a joint to create a mechanical advantage for movement. In the foot there are two such bones that are located under the big toe. Injury to [...]
What is Plantar Fasciitis? The Plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Inflammation of this structure is a common and debilitating condition affects many people each year. This condition is common in athletes and active individuals due to the stress placed on the foot. [...]
What is a Talus Fracture? This injury is typically associated with high impact injury to the lower leg. When involving the lateral process of the talus it is referred to as a snowboarders fracture. Snowboarder fractures are often missed and treated as an ankle sprain. The talus is an important bone as it creates [...]
What is Morton’s Neuroma? Morton’s neuroma is a condition which causes pain at the base of the toes—usually described as the metatarsal heads. When present, pain occurs when putting pressure on the ball of the foot and is usually worse bare footed. Most people find that the pain resembles a feeling such as standing [...]
What are Hammer Toes? A fixed contracture of the lesser toes at the proximal joint is known as a hammer toe. These toe deformities usually start off flexible but over time they can become rigid and lose movement. The toes begin rubbing in shoes and the limited movement can become painful. There can be [...]
What is Hallux Rigidus? Hallux rigidus is a progressively painful condition of the big toe that is generally a “wear and tear” phenomenon. Hallux is Latin for big toe while rigidus means “stiff”. It is sometimes referred to as hallux limitus. This condition primarily occurs from chronic overuse and in some cases can be [...]