With 26 bones, over 100 muscles and tendons, a network of blood vessels and nerves, and 33 joints, the feet and ankles are an incredibly complex aspect of our musculoskeletal system. As the foundation and engine to any ambulatory movements, these intricacies ensure that people have enough strength, flexibility, and durability to survive everyday tasks. IBJI’s trained foot and ankle specialists include a collaborative team of orthopedic surgeons as well as podiatrists.
Anyone who has experienced chronic or severe foot pain can attest to how debilitating these conditions can be to everyday life. By utilizing the right foot and ankle doctor from the beginning, you can save yourself time, agony, and frustration that comes with improper diagnosis, poor treatment plans, and failed surgery.
For example some common treatments provided by an orthopedic surgeon may include foot & ankle reconstruction surgery, including trauma, ankle replacements, and achilles tendon lengthening procedures. Podiatrists can provide expertise in foot and ankle fractures, bunion deformities, conditions of the toenails, general heel pain, and placement of shoe inserts and orthotics.
Our expert podiatry surgeons provide comprehensive range of foot injuries including bunions, hammer toes, neuromas, infections, osteoarthritis, and ankle problems. Our podiatrists are up-to-date on the latest innovations to ensure accurate diagnosis and safe treatment.
IBJI foot & ankle orthopedic surgeons provide a comprehensive range of reconstructive and repair treatments and procedures.
The Achilles tendons are thick and powerful bands of fibrous tissue. They connect your calf muscles to your heel bones. The tendons help you walk, run and jump. And that means they are under a lot of stress, making injuries to the Achilles tendons common.
Ligaments are fibrous, elastic bands of tissue that connect and stabilize the bones. An ankle sprain is a common, painful injury that occurs when one or more of the ankle ligaments is stretched beyond the normal range of motion. Sprains can occur as a result of sudden twisting, turning or rolling movements.
This deformity affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It is a bony bump beneath the skin on the inner side of the foot. A bunion starts small, but over time it can grow to become very large. Bunions are more common in women.
Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the plantar fascia. This thick band of connective tissue travels across the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel. It supports the foot’s natural arch. It stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight.
Stress fractures are one or more tiny cracks in a bone. These fractures are common in the legs and feet. That’s because your legs and feet have to support your weight and absorb the forces of walking, running and jumping.
This condition is a deformity in which a toe bends downward at the middle joint. The second toe is the one most likely to be affected, but this deformity can occur in other toes as well. Sometimes, more than one toe is affected.
This is a common foot deformity. With it, one or more toes buckle and curl into a claw shape. Over time, a claw toe can become locked in this position. It can dig into the sole of your foot. You may have trouble finding comfortable shoes.
Rheumatoid arthritis (we call it “RA”) is a chronic disease. It affects joints throughout your body. It commonly starts in your hands or feet. For many people, it causes problems in the feet and ankles.
If you are interested in finding a doctor you can trust, no matter how complex the foot or ankle condition, find your closest IBJI location today.
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