Common Issues

HikerFOOT & ANKLE PROBLEMS
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Unlike problems that develop in other parts of the body, foot problems are difficult to ignore because we have to use them every day just to get around. Anyone who has been forced to use crutches or a wheelchair because of a foot/ankle injury can tell you that we take this part of our body for granted. Unfortunately, the foot is a complicated structure with 28 separate bones and 25 muscles that act on it. Furthermore, the cause of foot problems is not always easy to diagnose; a sprained ankle or broken toe might be obvious, but neuromas, tendonitis or stress fractures typically start with vague symptoms that get worse with time, and treatment may depend on the length and severity of symptoms. Most people walk into my office with complaints that have been ongoing for weeks or months and they have no idea what the problem is. They may have even seen other medical providers without much improvement.

Of course, this is why there are specialists. As a podiatrist, my area of expertise is the foot and ankle and all parts relating to them. As a surgeon, I am able to provide all forms of treatment available; medical, therapeutic, and surgical. So although I may be diagnosing and recommending treatment options for your specific problem, I need you to be part of the team to follow through outside of the office so that you can get better and stay better. The purpose of this section therefore is not to be a how-to guide for diagnosis and treatment, but rather an informative read to help you understand your problem better. Please feel free to read all that is enclosed, and e-mail me if you have any questions. Enjoy!

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