Foot & Ankle Conditions

Updated 2/27/2024
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Foot and Ankle Conditions and Treatments


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 world class surgeons, we ALWAYS try to avoid surgery since conservative non-invasive treatments work 70% to 95% of the time,

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

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Calluses and corns are the thick, rough patches of skin that develop as a result of prolonged pressure or repetitive rubbing.

  • A cyst is a sac-like structure, typically filled with liquid caused by infection, trauma, or clogged oil glands. Plantar warts are rough, hardened growths on the soles of the feet.

     

     

  • Diabetes causes many conditions like Charcot Foot, neuropathy, ulcers, and infections. Diabetics experience nerve damage in their feet and often not aware of worsening conditions.

  • Flat foot and cavus foot (high arches) are used to describe several complex foot disorders, each with its own causes and symptoms. 

  • If left untreated, foot ulcers can lead to severe infections, serious complications and even amputation.

  • Fractures are breaks in the bone and vary from a tiny crack to a shattering break. Early treatment can greatly decrease the risk of permanent damage.

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  • 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 will never get better without intervention.

  • To properly address your heel pain, we first need to determine the cause. There are many potential causes of heel pain and each requires a different type of treatment or intervention.

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

  • 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.

  • Our physicians understand the special circumstances involved in the treatment of children and their developing and growing bones, joint, and tendons.

     

  • 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 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."

  • These rough, hardened warts grow in the outer layers of skin, usually appearing on the heels or balls of the feet.

  • Athletes' feet endure significant stress, making them particularly prone to injuries. Not seeking proper medical attention can worsen the injury and cause permanent damage.

  • Even toenails are susceptible to disease, infection, or injury. Calluses and corns are the thick, rough patches of skin that develop as a result of prolonged pressure.

     

     

  • While not as prevalent as typical foot issues, less common foot and ankle conditions can significantly impact an individual's mobility and quality of life. 

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