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Foot & Ankle Conditions

In this video Jeff discusses his UFAI experience and how it literally changed his life.

University Foot and Ankle Institute is an internationally recognized leader in foot and ankle care, research and development of state-of-the-art treatments and technologies.

Even with our world class surgeons, we always try to avoid surgery since conservative non-invasive treatments work 70% to 95% of the time (depending on the condition.

We pride ourselves in offering the very best care and state-of-the-art treatments all in a professional, relaxing environment.

  • A bunion is (usually) when your big toe moves in the opposite direction of the long toe, creating a very noticable bump, pain and loss of function.

  • Chronic ankle instability results from recurring sprains or one that didn't heal properly. The ligaments stretch or tear and it feels like it will "give way."

  • The plantar plate is a strong ligament on the bottom of the foot and keeps toes in their joint and prevents them from drifting. injuries are also called "Ball of Foot Pain."

  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) is when the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot) is swollen or inflamed and can be very painful.

  • The Achilles is the largest and strongest tendon and is used whenever you move your foot. It can withstand 1,000 pounds of force, yet prone to injury.

  • A neuroma is a benign growth or inflamed nerve. In the ball of the foot, it's called Morton’s Neuroma. The pain it causes feels like you're walking on a pebble.

  • A broken or fractured ankle is often from a foot roll or sports injury. Often under-treated, it can lead to early onset arthritis or chronic ankle instability.

  • Big Toe Arthritis is inflammation of the joints at the base of your big toe. Since 90% of your body weight is placed upon the big toe, it's easy to see why this is common.

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  • Ankles withstand a lot of pressure, but injury, genetics or wear and tear can damage the cartilage. Treatments for this painful, degenerative condition range from conservative to surgical.

  • A hammer toe is a muscle imbalance around the toe joints which causes the toe to bend, pushing it upward in a claw-like position. It never get better without intervention.

  • Toenails are susceptible to disease, infection or injury. Abnormalities may also be caused by localized inflammation or infection and difficult to diagnose with certainty visually.

  • Metatarsalgia describes a variety of symptoms that, most often, cause ball of foot pain. There are many causes that contribute to this condition.

  • A cyst is a sac-like structure, typically filled with liquid caused by infection, trauma, chronic inflammatory conditions, clogged oil glands or cancer. They should never be ignored.

  • The posterior tibial tendon, a strong tendon, holds the arch. If damaged, the arch can fall over time and left untreated, it leads to long-term problems and additional conditions.

  • Nerve conditions like nerve entrapment, neuropathy and tarsal tunnel syndrome are caused by irritation or a medical condition, leading to nerve damage.

  • Diabetes causes many conditions like charcot foot, nueropathy, ulcers and infections. Diabetics experience nerve damage in their feet and often not aware of worsening conditions.

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  • The average person takes 5,000 steps a day and the stress causes many different toe injuries like bunions, sesamoiditis, avascular necrosis, plantar plate tear, Tailor's bunion, etc.

  • Ankles are a complex mechanism of 3 bones, 2 joints, ligaments, cartilage and over 20 muscles. Conditions include sprains, breaks, arthritis, cartilage damage and chronic instability.

  • Heel injuries are common and often caused by too much stress on the heel and surrounding tissue leading to heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, nerve damage and more.

  • Tendons are tough, flexible tissue that connect muscle to bone so we can move. If not cared for they can be damaged by tears. Early medical attention is essential to stop damage.

  • While there's no cure for arthritis, there are different treatment options. With proper medical care, many patients can manage pain and maintain an active live, often without surgery.

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