Common Ankle Problems

Common Ankle Problems

Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists utilizes the most state-of-the-art technology to properly diagnose your foot and ankle condition to ensure the best possible outcome while utilizing the most conservative treatment. The Boca office now offers standing computerized tomography (CT) imaging as part of the company's comprehensive range of foot and ankle services. The pedCAT machine offers the new standard-of-care to properly diagnose foot and ankle conditions and Certified Foot is the first and only podiatrist office in South Florida to offer this service.

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Achilles tendon

The Achilles Tendon is the band of tissue that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. It is located behind the ankle and is visible as a tight, cordlike structure. This tendon is extremely important for walking and especially for performing athletic activities as it is responsible for pushing off and standing on toes. Therefore, problems with the Achilles Tendon need to be addressed appropriately.

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ankle pain

The ankle joint is affected by almost every weight bearing activity you do on a daily basis. Movements such as walking, standing, climbing stairs, running and dancing all apply pressure and stress on the ankle joint. The ankle joint is made up of the Talus and the long bones in the leg (Tibia & Fibula) which hold the Talus in place. Along with the bones, there are multiple ligaments and tendons that affect the function of the ankle joint. When your ankle joint is injured, the resulting pain often limit your ability to complete daily functions. Some of the most common causes of ankle pain include ankle sprains, ankle arthritis, tendon injuries and fracture of the ankle joint. Fortunately, ankle pain can often be easily diagnosed and treated.

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ankle arthritis

Ankle arthritis often results from an injury, such as a sprain or fracture, but can also be caused by a systemic condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis. While arthritis can occur in any joint in your body, it is common in the small joints that make up the foot and ankle. There is no cure for arthritis, but it can be managed with proper treatment.

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ankle injuries - sprain and fracture

The ankle is a complex joint that connects the leg to the foot. It is made up of the tibia, fibula and talus. During normal gate and weight bearing, the ankle to weight ratio is under an extreme load due to the relatively small surface area of the talus and the tibia. Therefore, injuries such as a sprained or broken ankle, can result in severe pain with every step

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Swollen legs

Many people suffer from swelling in the legs and ankles on a daily basis. There are several different reasons for swelling in the legs which should all be fully worked-up by a trusted podiatrist to treat the underlying conditions.

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Varicose veins

Varicose Veins are large, bulbous veins which can appear anywhere in the body but typically show up in the legs and feet. They are extremely common, affecting approximately 18% of men and 42% of women in the US. Varicose veins are the result of Chronic Venous Insufficiency which is due to underlying venous reflux. This means that the blood is circulating down the feet from the heart through the arteries, but it is not returning up the leg through the veins as it should. Historically thought to be only a cosmetic problem, we have recently learned that this condition can lead to health problems. Fortunately, varicose veins can be treated rather simply by the vein doctors at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists.

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Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that often attacks the foot and ankle. Symptoms include severe pain, redness and swelling around the effected joint with no history of injury or inciting event. Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid is a break down product of certain proteins, called purines which are found in foods like red meet, shell fish, cheese, wine and beer – All the good stuff! That’s why Gout is sometimes referred to as “The Disease of Kings”.

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