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Common Foot & Ankle Injuries & Conditions

Common Ankle and Foot Injuries


The feet are constantly under stress. It's no wonder that 80 percent of people will have some sort of problem with their feet at some point. Many things affect the condition of your feet: activity level, occupation, certain health conditions, genetics and perhaps most importantly, your choice of footwear.

One of the most common foot problems is Plantar Fasciitis, a painful condition affecting the bottom of the foot. It is a common cause of heel pain and is usually most pronounced in the morning when the foot is first placed on the floor. Prolonged standing can also increase the painful symptoms.  In about 90 percent of all cases, the injury can be resolved without surgical intervention.

The ankle is a hinge joint made up of several important structures. The unique design of the ankle makes it a very stable joint. This joint has to be stable in order to withstand 1.5 times your body weight when you walk and up to eight times your body weight when you run.

Injuries of the ankle joint are common among skiers and snowboarders. While ankle fractures and ankle sprains heal pretty well, they can lead to problems much later in life such as osteoarthritis (OA) or posttraumatic arthritis. Injuries to the Achilles Tendon often result from impact injuries.

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