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Treatments for Tarsal Coalition

Sometimes resulting in limited motion and pain in one or both feet, a tarsal coalition is an abnormal connection between the tarsal bones, located in the back of the foot. The condition, which can involve bones, cartilage, or tissue, may require further evaluation from a podiatrist to determine an effective way to correct the deformity, relieve your pain, and restore your flexibility. What Causes a Tarsal Coalition? Affecting one out of every...


Understanding Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

A common foot and ankle problem, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is a condition that results when tendons are inflamed or torn. A podiatrist can determine whether you're likely to respond well to standard treatments for PTTD or if you may have a situation that requires surgery to restore your arch and relieve your pain. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Causes Attaching calf muscles to the inside bones of your foot, the posterior tibial...


Lisfranc Joint Injury Overview

A Lisfranc injury typically occurs when the foot is twisted during a fall or when a weight lands on the foot while it is flexed downward. The injury is most often seen in horseback riders, athletes participating in contact sports, runners, and accident victims. The most common symptoms of a Lisfranc injury include: • Pain and swelling in the foot (the pain is often worse when standing or walking) • Bruising along...


How to Correctly Wear Flip Flops

While freeing your feet from the confines of restrictive footwear has its benefits, it also has a downside that may not show for years to come. Flip flops do offer some protection for the bottom of your feet, depending upon their thickness. They are good for protecting your feet from sharp shells on the beach or hot pavement in parking lots. They can also protect you in public showers from bacterial...


4 Types of Foot Fractures

The foot is comprised of 26 bones that, in spite of their relatively small size, do a remarkable job of supporting our weight and getting us from place to place. An accident or trauma can crush, twist, bend, or otherwise fracture these bones. The following looks at the most common types of foot fractures and how they are treated. Toe Fractures Toe fractures typically occur as the result of stubbing the toe...


Melanoma of the Foot

Cancer that starts in the cell of your skin and produces pigmentation is known as melanoma. Melanoma that shows up in the foot or ankle area tends to be ignored by many people during its early stages. This is unfortunate, as this is the time period where the cancer can be easily treated. By the time many podiatrists diagnose melanoma of the foot, it can become advanced. This usually leads...


The Most Common Sports Injures

Athletes are particularly susceptible to a variety of common sports injuries. These injuries can result from mishaps on the playing field, but also from repetitive movements and overuse. Here we discuss three of the most common foot injuries reported by athletes. Stress Fractures One in ten sports-related injuries can be attributed to stress fractures. Stress fractures, sometimes known as “hairline factures,” happen when repetitive motion or shock is absorbed by the bone...