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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained foot doctor is the leading expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating foot injuries and conditions.
The foot is a complex structure, containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles. Due to its unique anatomy, the foot is susceptible to a wide range of injuries and conditions and can be the source of significant, often debilitating, pain.
At some point in their lifetimes, most Americans will experience foot pain, which can be the result of a wide range of injuries and conditions, from improper footwear and misalignment of the spine to traumatic injuries or chronic inflammation.
Common causes of foot pain include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic injuries, such as fractures and strains
- Overuse injuries, such as stress fractures
- Chronic conditions and diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, and plantar fasciitis
- Deformities, such as bunions and flatfoot
Ignoring a foot injury or condition can be counterproductive, cause further damage, and is ill-advised, as foot pain can emanate from the bones, tendons, nerves, and ligaments of the foot, making self-diagnosis extremely difficult. It may be time to consult a foot specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of foot pain:
- Numbness in the foot
- Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot
- Inability to perform daily activities without foot pain
- Change in sensation or color of the skin or toenails
- Swelling or tenderness in the foot
- Loss of function
Because the foot endures constant weight bearing, stress, and frequency of use, foot pain generally does not subside without proper treatment. A consultation with a foot doctor is the best way to differentiate between a severe foot condition and minor foot injury.
Our specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics understands that foot pain can dramatically reduce your mobility, disrupt your lifestyle, and decrease your quality of life. Our foot doctor is committed to working with you to develop a customized treatment plan to accommodate your specific needs and get you back on your feet quickly and safely.
Our foot expert knows that a prompt, accurate, and proper diagnosis is critical in determining the most effective treatment approach for your individual condition.
To consult with our foot specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.
Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?
With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the foot, our esteemed foot specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating foot injuries and conditions.
Our foot doctor, Dr. John Paul Elton, has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your foot injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.
To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics foot doctor, please request an appointment online.
Tips for Healthy Joints
As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.
Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.
Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.
The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.
Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.
Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.