Common Foot and Ankle Issues (And Their Solutions!)

bare feet photoWe never think about our feet until it’s too late. Since they’re all the way down there, and wrapped up in stylish footwear (more often than not) it’s easy to forget about all of the things we should think about regarding foot-care.

There are a few common issues that we here at the Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado want to let our readers know about common issues. Here at the Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado, patient education is a priority. And when it’s about a subject as impactful–and as often ignored–as footcare, it’s important to keep on your toes! That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of the more common issues your feet might face, and the procedures used to correct them.

Bunions and Osteotomy

Bunions, as you very well may know, are bony growths that form on the front of your instep, and around the base of your big toe. Unsightly and painful, bunions often result from a condition known as “hallux valgus,” where the big toe becomes displaced, pointing inwards towards the other toes. A corrective surgery, known as an osteotomy, is performed to straighten the bones and ligaments in your foot. Though it sounds painful, the surgery typically only takes about an hour!

Plantar Fasciitis

The Plantar Fascia is the tissue that connects the front of your foot to your heel. It runs along the bottom of your foot. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, the tissue becomes inflamed and sore, causing pain and difficulty walking. If other methods do not correct the issue, there is a simple surgical procedure to relieve the tension at the connection points of the Plantar Fascia. The procedure takes, on average, about an hour, and often times the only post-op care you’ll need is a simple bandage and some rest!

Ankle Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the proper name for the condition that results in the breakdown of the soft tissue that protects your joints. Though it often manifests in other joints as well, in can be particularly difficult to manage in your ankles. Due to the high stress placed on the joints, and the potential impact on your day-to-day life, it’s important to address ankle arthritis quickly. Luckily, there are many different solutions, ranging from joint fusion to a full ankle replacement. Though ankle arthritis is a serious issue, there are many solutions– talk to your foot and ankle doctor to decide which solution is right for you.

If you have any questions about common foot and ankle issues, feel free to contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado. Our medical professionals are knowledgeable and helpful. We can’t wait to hear from you! Please call us today for a consultation!

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