Our daily lives require us to move effectively from one place to another, so when your mobility is limited due to an ankle injury or foot pain, it can have a negative impact on your quality of life.
Each foot contains 28 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Without all the parts working optimally, the result can be foot pain and diminished ability to stand, walk and run.
Fortunately, if you’re experiencing foot pain, help is available.
Foot Pain Treatment
Just as there are hundreds of different components in your feet, there are many different types of injuries and conditions affecting the feet.
Regardless of the cause of your discomfort and diminished mobility, our team of ankle and foot specialists offer the services you need to get you back on your feet. We provide care for a full spectrum of ankle and foot injuries, including:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Morton’s neuroma
- Torn muscles, ligaments and tendons
To determine the cause of your foot pain, a foot specialist will take a medical history, review your symptoms and perform a physical exam, paying particular attention to the affected area and its range of motion.
From there, the foot doctor will determine the underlying injury or medical condition and make a recommendation about the best treatment options for your individual situation. Foot pain treatment may include splinting, casting, over-the-counter and prescription medications, physical therapy and even surgery in some cases.
Ankle Replacement Surgery
If you experience ankle pain that doesn’t resolve with conservative treatment or is chronic in nature, ankle joint replacement may be an option.
During this type of joint replacement, an ankle specialist replaces the diseased or dysfunctional ankle joint with an artificial one to ease pain and stiffness and restore your quality of life and mobility.
Relief for foot pain may be just a step away. Call 480-558-3744 to schedule an appointment.
Sources: Arthritis Foundation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Achilles Tendon Treatment
Tendons are fibrous bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones, allowing the body to move. The largest tendon in the body is the Achilles tendon, which is located in the back of the leg and attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone.
When working properly, the Achilles tendon helps you walk, jump and stand on your tiptoes. If the tendon is injured, it may cause intense pain and difficulty walking. If you experience this type of pain, you should seek immediate medical care to prevent further damage.
Types of Achilles Tendon Conditions
There are two main types of Achilles tendon conditions:
- Rupture — Ruptures occur when too much stress is put on the tendon and a tear results. Symptoms of a rupture include a “pop” or “snapping” sound accompanied by sudden pain in the ankle or calf, swelling and limited range of motion in the ankle. Playing sports is the most common contributing factor for Achilles tendon ruptures, especially in middle-aged adults.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is inflammation in the Achilles tendon. Symptoms of this condition are pain (especially in the morning or after exercise), thickened tissue in the tendon and/or swelling. Achilles tendinitis is often caused by continual stress to the area and occurs frequently in athletes.
Treatment Options at Abrazo
Tendons contain few blood vessels, which makes them susceptible to injury from overuse. It’s important to begin treatment promptly, as these types of injuries often take longer to heal. Your physician will look for signs of an Achilles tendon injury, discuss symptoms and order imaging tests if necessary. Our team is trained to recognize and treat Achilles tendon injuries to ensure proper healing. Some of treatments your physician may recommended are the following:
- Ice and rest
- Orthotic devices
If pain persists after nonsurgical methods, your physician may recommend surgery for Achilles tendon repair.
Procedures may include:
- Achilles tendon reconstruction — Repair to the tendon can bring functionality back to the ankle.
- Gastrocnemius recession — Lengthening of calf muscles creates better motion in the ankle.
If you experience leg pain related to these conditions, reach out to our orthopedic team at Arizona Sports Medicine Center. Call 480-558-3744 to make an appointment.