Foot & Ankle Conditions

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

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

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  • 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.

  • 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 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."

  • 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, nueropathy, ulcers and infections. Diabetics experience nerve damage in their feet and often not aware of worsening conditions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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."

  • 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.



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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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