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Ankle pain can be caused by various things. Arthritis is a common reason people may have ankle pain, and can wreak havoc on completing daily activities. Several types of arthritis can affect the ankle. Studies have shown osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is considered to be a chronic condition. When it affects the ankle, it is found at the point where the ankle meets the shinbone. Typical symptoms of this type of arthritis can consist of pain and stiffness, and the ankle may be difficult to move. The feet and ankles can also be affected by rheumatoid arthritis, which can happen when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the ankle joints. Juvenile arthritis can develop in people who are under the age of 16, who may notice their feet and ankles are painful and swollen. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine if arthritis is the cause and offer effective treatment methods.
Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.
The most common causes of ankle pain include:
- Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
- Ankle sprains
- Broken ankles
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.
Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.
Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Although flip-flops are popular for the summer, it's important to walk carefully while wearing them. Flip-flops have little to no foot support, which can further lead to a potential injury if not careful.
A broken foot is painful. It generally happens suddenly from falling and is considered a common type of injury. Bruising, severe pain, and swelling often accompany a broken foot, and the range of motion can be limited. Walking is difficult, if not impossible, and prompt medical attention is typically sought for relief. Dropping a heavy object on the foot is also a common cause of a broken foot, and the severity of the break may depend on the angle the object was dropped from. People who frequently participate in sporting activities may endure a broken foot, and soccer players may be prone to incurring this type of fracture from kicking the ball. A diagnosis consisting of having an X-ray taken can be performed, followed by beginning the correct treatment. Most people who have broken footwear have a cast or protective boot until it has healed, which can take several weeks. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can correctly diagnose and treat this condition.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.
Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:
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Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.
Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Clubfoot is a congenital foot disorder that occurs during the later stages of pregnancy. It is noticeable as the infant’s foot turns inward, which causes the bottom of the foot to face up or to the side. Clubfoot generally falls into one of two categories. Isolated clubfoot is considered to be the most common form of this condition, and it can occur in children where there are no other medical issues. Non-isolated clubfoot occurs along with other health problems, such as include spina bifida. It may be difficult to move the hands and legs, and the joints in the body can be affected. High incidences of clubfoot may occur if the baby is a male, or if there is a family history of clubfoot. If your child is born with this foot condition, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist as early as possible so the correct treatment can begin.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Judson Siegel, DPM of Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
- Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
- Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
- Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
- Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
- Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
- Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.