Anatomy of the Foot & Ankle

The foot and ankle are complex structures made up of various tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones and more. These structures are what help make movements such as walking, running and jumping possible. An injury to one tendon, ligament, muscle or bone can cause the function of the entire structure to be compromised. Main Tendons Tendons are ...

Insertional vs. Non-Insertional Achilles Tendonitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis? Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the Achilles Tendon in the back of your ankle becomes irritated and inflamed. This is usually due to overuse. There are two types of Achilles Tendonitis, affecting two different areas of the tendon. These are: Insertional Achilles Tendonitis Insertional Achilles Tendonitis affects the tendon at the insertion ...

Plantar Fasciitis Causes

Plantar Fasciitis Causes
Repetitive Strain Repeated injury to the Plantar Fascia over time can lead to the development of Plantar Fasciitis. This can be caused by activities such as running or playing sports. It can also be from spending all day on your feet at work. If these activities are causing small tears every time you do them, ...

Plantar Fasciitis — Differential Diagnosis

Plantar Fasciitis -- Differential Diagnosis
You may think you have Plantar Fasciitis because you have foot pain, but you may actually have one of these conditions: Heel Spurs Heel Spurs are often confused with Plantar Fasciitis as the pain is located in the same area — right below the heel of the foot. The symptoms of Heel Spurs are also ...

The Absolute Best Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

The Absolute Best Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
We’ve already gone over the Plantar Fasciitis treatments you should avoid in our Plantar Fasciitis Myths posts, so now it’s time for the treatments that are actually effective. Rest If you have Plantar Fasciitis, one of the most important things you can do is rest your foot. This can mean trying to keep the weight ...

Clubfoot

Clubfoot
What is Clubfoot? Clubfoot is a condition present at birth in which one or both feet are twisted inward and downward. The condition can range from mild to severe. Treatment for clubfoot should start several weeks after birth, if possible. Causes While the exact cause of clubfoot is unknown, it is thought to be hereditary. ...

Plantar Fasciitis Myths Part II

Plantar Fasciitis Myths Part II
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery You do not want to undergo surgery in order to treat your Plantar Fasciitis. Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis involves the removal or “release” of a portion of the Plantar Fascia tissue, as this is what is thought to be causing the pain. You do not want part of your Plantar Fascia to ...

Plantar Fasciitis Myths

Plantar Fasciitis Myths
Orthotics & Insoles Orthotics and other shoe inserts are often peddled as a treatment, and even cure, for Plantar Fasciitis. They are promoted as providing support for the Plantar Fascia, but they will only make your situation worse. Orthotics and arch support put unneeded upward pressure on your Plantar Fascia, which can cause further damage ...

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis
What is Sesamoiditis? Sesamoiditis occurs when the tendons that surround the sesamoid bones in your big toe become irritated and inflamed. The sesamoid bones within the big toe can also be fractured, but this will present with immediate pain, whereas pain caused by Sesamoiditis begins gradually and increases with continued activity. Sesamoiditis is considered a form of ...

Claw Toe

Claw Toe
What is Claw Toe? Claw Toe is a foot deformity that occurs when the bottom part of your toe points up and the top part of your toe curls under, making it look like a claw. Claw Toe is often confused with Hammer Toe, but these are two different conditions. In cases of Claw Toe, ...