Foot & Ankle
Millions of visits are made to physicians’ offices each year because of foot and ankle problems, with over one million visits a year for ankle sprains. No one is immune from these injuries, but you can help reduce your injury risk by wearing appropriate foot wear and paying attention to the signals your body gives you regarding work or play.
Common foot problems can be evaluated best by an orthpaedic surgeon, practicing conservative treatment when possible and having access to state of the art treatment when necessary.
Main problems associated with the foot and ankle include:
ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.
Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is vulnerable to injury. A rupture of the tendon is a tearing and separation of the tendon fibers so that the tendon can no longer perform its normal function.
This video animation provides information about the Achilles tendon, how it can be injured, and how injuries are treated — both nonsurgically and surgically.
Click on the topics below to find out more from the Orthopaedic connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- Achilles tendon
- Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot
- Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
- Broken Ankle
- Diabetic foot
- Flexible flatfoot in children
- Fracture of the Talus
- Fractures of the Heel
- Hammer toe
- Heel Pain
- Ingrown Toenail
- Orthotic Devices
- Pediatric Thighbone Fracture
- Plantar fasciitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
- Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
- Sprained Ankle
- Stiff Big Toe (Hallux rigidus)
- Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
- Toe and Forefoot Fractures