What is Exertional Compartment Syndrome? Exertional compartment syndrome is an overuse phenomenon that creates pain and limited function in the lower leg. This is different from acute compartment syndrome which is typically directly related to significant trauma in the lower leg. Exertional compartment syndrome happens when exercise causes the pressures to rise within the [...]
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What are Corns and Calluses? Corns and calluses are likely the most common foot problems that affect millions of people in the U.S. These annoying, uncomfortable, and sometimes painful, areas of the foot and toes are described as a thickening of skin that reside under specific points of pressure on the foot (i.e. the [...]
What is Claw Toe? A claw toe occurs when there is flexion at the joints of the toe and extension at the MTP joint. 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. [...]
What are Bunions? Bunions are a common foot condition and source of foot pain and discomfort for millions of people. They develop due to an imbalance in foot mechanics, and the great toe starts to crowd the lesser toes. The abnormal foot mechanics cause a bump on the inside of the foot. Abnormal foot [...]
What is an Ankle Fracture? There are three distinct bones that join together to make up the ankle joint: the tibia (the main bone in the lower leg), the fibula (the smaller bone that makes up the outside of the lower leg) and the talus (the ankle bone that forms the lower part of [...]
What is the Achilles Tendon? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and runs just behind the ankle. It is the tendon that connects the heel bone to the calf muscles, supporting the lower body when you walk, jump, or run. The Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injury in athletes of [...]
Do I need Achilles Surgery? In the case of Achilles tendon rupture, nonoperative treatment is a viable option. If the rupture is caught early, the patient can be placed in a plantar flexed splint or cast to allow the tendon edges to heal together. It is important to point the toes downward to close [...]
What is an Achilles Tendon Injury? An Achilles tendon rupture often happens during loading of the Achilles tendon when the foot is suddenly pushed upward. This often happens playing tennis, basketball, or other sports that require backpedaling. In skiing, it occurs when the skier goes over the front of his or her skis without the [...]
Shoes for Foot and Ankle Issues Shoes are just like people, they can come in all different shapes and sizes. Finding the right fit can often be a trial and error process. We provide the below list to help assist in some guidance but is by no means all-inclusive for the shoes that are [...]
How to Keep Your Cast Dry It is very important that you keep your cast clean and dry. Moisture can soften the cast and cause skin irritation under the cast. To keep your cast dry when showering you can cover with a plastic bag and tape the base of the bag. We recommend doing [...]