Three Most Commonly-Seen Foot and Ankle Disorders

Orthopaedic surgeons see a lot of foot and ankle injuries. It’s one of the easiest areas of the body to damage, considering how often we’re on our feet and relying on our ankles to keep us moving.

In terms of foot and ankle disorders, the good news is that most are preventable, and nearly all are treatable.  In fact, the most common injuries orthopaedic surgeons see are simple sprains and breaks.

Beyond those, here are the three most common ankle problems we see besides common breaks.


The Most Commonly-Seen Internal Foot And Ankle Disorders

1 – Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is one of the single most vital tendons in the human body, as it’s what ties your foot, ankle, and calf together.  It also does most of the ‘heavy lifting’ in everyday walking movements.

This tendon is thick, but can still be torn, especially by twisting.  Tendonitis is treatable in similar ways to a broken ankle:  The tendon will re-knit eventually, but it’s a very slow and painful process.

2 – Gout

Gout is a condition caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood, a waste product that’s normally flushed out in urine. If too much remains, however, it ends up crystallizing and being deposited into the joints of the lower body.

The result is a condition similar to arthritis: Periodic flare-ups of swelling and intense pain around the foot and ankle.

Gout is treatable by lowering uric acid levels, but requires committed treatment.

3 – Plantar Fasciitis  

The plantar is the muscle that runs from the bottom of your foot, to the back of your heel.  When this is stretched, strained, or otherwise disrupted, it can bring intense pain when walking or standing. Symptoms are typically worst in the morning, when the muscle is “cold.”

Luckily, in most cases, plantar fascitis can be treated like any muscle sprain: painkillers, ice packs, and rest.

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