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Orthopedic Causes & Treatment for Foot & Ankle Pain

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Orthopedic Causes & Treatment for Foot & Ankle Pain.

The most common orthopedic cause of ankle pain is sprains or strains, usually caused by inadvertently twisting or turning the joint excessively while walking, stepping off a curb, during sports or running on uneven ground. The feet receive the most orthopedic abuse of any body part, simply because they support the entire weight of the body all day long, every day. When running, the feet absorb pressure totaling three to four times body weight. The foot, with its 52 bones, is an extremely complex orthopedic structure. The intricate orthopedic connections between foot joints, muscles ligaments and tendons allow the foot to be extremely flexible.

Ankle and Foot pain can be caused by:

 

  • Ankle sprains-excessive stretching or tearing of the ankle ligaments 
  • Osteoarthritis-degeneration of the orthopedic joints in cervical vertebrae
  • Orthopedic sprains and strains
  • Bunions-enlargement of the big toe joint
  • Plantar fasciitis-inflammation of the orthopedic connective tissue on the sole of the foot
  • Heel spurs-bony growth where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel 
  • Morton's neuroma-build-up of extra orthopedic tissue within a pinched nerve, usually between the third and fourth toes
  • Hammertoes-an orthopedic deformity that causes toes to bend to the side
  • Corns and calluses- buildup of skin as a reaction to orthopedic pressure when bones press against a shoe or against other bones
  • Plantar warts-warts caused by a virus that occur on the sole of the foot and grow inward
  • Poorly fitting shoes-usually shoes that are too small or high heels
  • Other conditions that affect the feet and can cause orthopedic pain include diabetes and arthritis

 

Orthopedic Treatment and Prevention

 

The best orthopedic treatment for ankle pain can be prevention of orthopedic sprains and strains. During activities and sports that have a high incidence of orthopedic ankle injuries, or if you are more susceptible to ankle injury, wearing an orthopedic ankle brace is advisable. Although only a very small percentage of the people have congenital orthopedic foot problems, more than 75 percent of Americans will encounter foot problems due primarily to neglect and ill-fitting shoes. Many orthopedic foot problems can be alleviated and prevented by well-fitting shoes that have a wide toe box that allow toes to assume their natural orthopedic position in the shoe. Inherited orthopedic deformities may be successfully treated with orthopedic surgery. Conservative orthopedic treatment includes:

 

  • RICE Method-Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
  • Orthopedic immobilization of the foot and ankle during healing
  • Medication to reduce orthopedic inflammation
  • Wart virus treatment, such as salicylic acid, medical injections and freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Regular exercise, including stretching
  • Orthopedic walking casts (when necessary for heel spurs)
  • Orthopedic foot pads
  • Orthopedic shoe insoles
  • Specially constructed orthopedic foot support products

 

Orthopedic products from Medical Supplies & Equipment Company, LLC have been specifically designed to alleviate orthopedic foot and ankle pain. Our orthopedic products are durable, lightweight to encourage normal activity during recovery and reasonably priced. Orthopedic foot and orthopedic ankle products include:

 

  • Orthopedic night splints treat plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis
  • Durable orthopedic insoles provide shock absorption with softer inserts for the sensitive heel and ball of the foot and are especially effective to ease pain from heel spurs, shin spints, plantar fat atrophy and arthritis.
  • Orthopedic heel pads and cushions reduce heel pain
  • Orthopedic splints protect feet during post-operative care (lightweight and adjustable with a non-skid sole)