The world of podiatry doesn’t focus on the feet alone. The ankles are a vital part of biomechanics that lend support and stability to the entire body. Injuries to the area can severely limit a patient’s mobility. In order to correct the dysfunction of the ankle bones and tissues a proper diagnosis must be made. Dr. Evan Merrill and his team of certified professionals are dedicated to finding the direct cause of your pain and eliminating it. We understand how important your foot and ankle health is to your daily life.
Currently arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. Though there is currently no cure for this condition, there are a wide variety of treatment methods to alleviate the associated symptoms of this pain within a joint. This condition develops from many different causes, so treatments can vary widely. Degradation over a long period of time and trauma to the ankle commonly cause the growth of this problem.
The three types of arthritis in the feet and ankles:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post-Traumatic Arthritis
As the name implies, this is one weakness in the body that should not be overlooked. Damage to the Achilles tendon can be crippling to the body’s stability and mobility. This ankle problem involves the inflammation of the tendon from overuse or traumatic injury. This condition commonly occurs in younger patients with active lifestyles. With help from our Medford office, Achilles Tendonitis can be avoided entirely.
Sprains are common sports injuries that come in a variety of severities. The multiple degrees of damage during a sprain largely impact the treatment process necessary for recovery. After the unnatural twisting or stretching of the ligaments in the ankle, rest is required for proper healing. Strength and flexibility training exercises will help to prevent this ankle problem.
Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
The development of chronic pain usually comes in tandem with an injury such as an ankle sprain, but may also result from arthritis, fractures, and many other conditions. To increase stability and alleviate pain, recovery will involve rest, pain management medications, physical therapy, and bracing of the affected ankle.
While the direct cause of this condition is not known, it commonly develops after an injury to the ankle. This lesion increases pain and stiffness in the joint and will be accompanied by swelling. In order to correct osteochondritis, blood flow to the affected area is a priority. This often occurs with rest but may require surgery in serious cases. Physical therapy can also aid in recovery.
Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction/Dislocation
This ankle problem is commonly caused by the tearing of the retinaculum during trauma. As this fibrous tissue is there to hold the peroneal tendons in place, damage to it allows the tendons to move too freely. Ankle instability will increase and weight-bearing becomes difficult. Orthotics and braces are commonly used to redistribute pressure throughout the foot and ankle. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to reattach the tendon.
In patients with active lifestyles we commonly see this condition from overuse problems. Repetitive motions over enough time will irritate and inflame the tendon. The most common symptom is moderate pain felt near the back of the ankle. With proper training techniques and appropriate footwear, patients can prevent this tendonitis.
No matter what foot or ankle condition you might have acquired, we have the solution to it. Contact our Medford office at 541.776.3338 or schedule an appointment with podiatrist Evan Merrill online.