FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN
Foot and Ankle Pain
The trained experts at iOrtho treat a variety of conditions involving problems with the foot and ankle, select a condition below to learn more.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition often causes heel pain and discomfort, especially during the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
When the thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia) becomes inflamed, individuals experience chronic pain in the heel that comes in and out throughout the day. High stress activities, foot mechanics and lifestyle can cause stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot throughout the day. Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities and may lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.
Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation, microtears, or degeneration of the plantar fascia. The diagnosis is typically based on clinical evaluation, focusing on symptoms and physical examination of the foot. Imaging studies like X-rays or ultrasounds may be used to rule out other foot conditions or assess the severity of the inflammation.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. The pain may also worsen after long periods of standing or walking. The condition is often associated with tenderness at the bottom of the foot, near the heel. Contributing factors to plantar fasciitis may include excessive pronation (rolling inward) or supination (rolling outward) of the foot, high-arched or flat feet, obesity, and inadequate footwear support. Repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, as seen in activities like running or standing for extended periods, can also lead to this condition
If you’re experiencing symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis, schedule an appointment with an iOrthoMD.
The Achilles tendon plays a vital role in facilitating movement and stability during various physical activities. Achilles tendinitis often develops due to overuse, inadequate warm-up before exercise, tight calf muscles, or improper footwear. In some cases, tendinitis can progress to a more severe condition, such as an Achilles tendon tear, which may result from sudden force or trauma.
Achilles tendonitis is an ankle injury provoked by landing hard on the feet after jumping, using the toes to raise the body and running up and down a court or field. Tendons may become irritated and inflamed from overuse, resulting in pain, redness and swelling of the ankle. Other reasons an athlete might suffer Achilles tendinitis include compromised muscles and reduced calf flexibility due to unsuitable footwear and extreme foot pronation. Because the Achilles tendon connects major calf muscles to the heel bone, stiff calf muscles may influence how much pressure is placed on the Achilles tendon.
Non-surgical approaches are the primary treatment for Achilles tendinitis and are often effective for mild to moderate cases.
Surgery may be considered for severe cases of Achilles tendinitis or in the presence of a significant tear. Surgical options include tendon repair, which may involve stitching the torn ends together, or in more complex cases, a tendon transfer or grafting may be required. Recovery after Achilles surgery involves a carefully guided rehabilitation program to restore strength and flexibility. The timeline for returning to regular activities varies based on the severity of the condition and the chosen surgical approach.
If Achilles Tendinitis/Tears are suspected, early intervention and appropriate care can contribute to an effective resolution of symptoms and improved functionality. Contact iOrtho to schedule a consultation with an orthopedic expert today.
A foot or ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments, which are tough bands of tissue that connect bones, are stretched or torn. This often happens due to sudden twisting or a forceful impact. Sprains can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms may include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking.
Sprain treatments vary from R.I.C.E Method and Pain Management to Immobilization and Physical Therapy. If you suspect you have a sprain, visit our walk-in orthopedic care center – iOrthoNOW.
Most fractures occur when a bone suffers trauma, such as a hard blow, fall or other injurious event. Bone-weakening diseases may also promote bone fractures without trauma, especially in bones affected by osteoporosis. Symptoms of a possible fractured bone include:
- Visible deformity of the bone
- Swelling, bruising and pain around and over the broken bone
- Worsening pain when the bone is moved or pressure is applied to the injured area
- Loss of movement or function
Even if you only suspect you may have a bone fracture, it is essential that you see a doctor for immediate evaluation and treatment. Failing to receive professional help for a bone fracture could lead to a long-term disability. iOrthoNOW offers urgent care same day walk-in appointments for anyone with a recent injury.
It's important to note that if you suspect any foot or ankle injury, it's advisable to seek professional medical advice for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.