Although you might not think about them often, your ankles are very important to your ability to move. Ankle dorsiflexion is an important movement for efficient walking and running, balance, and sports performance. Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in improving dorsiflexion and will be discussed in this article.
Ballet flat shoes—those thin-heeled lightweight slip-on shoes—are making a fashion comeback. And it's not hard to see why: they're versatile, easy to wear, soft, flexible and often worn by celebrities.
Gout and bunions can cause similar symptoms, which may include pain in the big toe joint. However, healthcare professionals use different treatments for the two conditions.
Published results showed patient-specific instrumentation may decrease operative time, reduce intraoperative fluoroscopy and achieve better postoperative alignment in patients undergoing total ankle arthroplasty.
An infected foot occurs when the bacteria that are normally present on the skin break the skin’s barrier and enter the bloodstream causing symptoms such as pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. The infection can result from an injury, like a cut or scrape, insect bite, ingrown toenail, or a diabetic ulcer.
Foot ulcers are sores that develop from a breakdown of skin on the foot, often from an injury, pressure, friction, and/or shearing over time. Certain conditions like diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and peripheral neuropathy affect the skin’s ability to heal and increase the risk of foot ulcers.
Claw toe is a foot deformity that causes painful toe-curling. If you have claw toe, your toes will point upward at the joint closest to the foot but bend sharply downward at the middle and third joint
Treatments for shin splints include home remedies, activity modification, medications, and physical therapy. In rare cases, a healthcare provider may recommend procedures such as prolotherapy (an injectable treatment) and extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) (a noninvasive treatment) for shin splints.
Given the importance of the Achilles tendon, stretching and strengthening of the tendon and surrounding calf muscles are crucial for both the prevention of injuries and during the rehab process.
Chronic tendon issues are a frequent source of pain and can limit activity. They become more common with age, weight and certain activities, and early and appropriate diagnosis by a doctor is critical to get the best outcomes.