Foot and Ankle Care
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.
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 accomplish everyday tasks. IBJI’s trained foot and ankle specialists include a collaborative team of orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists.
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Common Foot and Ankle Conditions Treated at IBJI
IBJI foot and ankle and podiatrists treat a variety of conditions and injuries. Our specialists will help you with your ankle sprains, bunions, stress fractures, and more. View some of the common foot and ankle conditions our specialists treat.
Achilles Tendon Injuries
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.
Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures
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 condition is an inflammation of one or both peroneal tendons, which travel down the lower leg, behind the lateral malleolus, and along the outer side of the ankle.
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
This is a problem with a tendon supporting the foot’s arch. We call it the posterior tibial tendon. It connects the calf muscle to the bones on the inner side of the foot. With posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, the tendon becomes inflamed or torn. Your arch becomes unstable, and it may collapse.