Common Foot and Ankle Problems
The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center is the first comprehensive foot and ankle medical center in the Washington, DC area. Our providers have vast knowledge and clinical experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all types of foot and ankle injuries and disorders. We provide our patients with personalized care that includes both conservative and surgical treatment, physical therapy, and in-house custom made orthotics and bracing.
- Braces and Casts
- Extracorporal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)
- Orthotic Devices
- Physical Therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
- Restriction in activity
- Decrease or Painful range of motion
- Difficulty walking
Achilles Tendon InjuriesThe Achilles tendons are thick and powerful bands of fibrous tissue. They connect your calf muscles to your heel bones. The tendons help you walk, run and jump. And that means they are under a lot of stress, making injuries to the Achilles tendons common.
BunionThis deformity affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It is a bony bump beneath the skin on the inner side of the foot. A bunion starts small, but over time it can grow to become very large. Bunions are more common in women.
Hammer ToeThis condition is a deformity in which a toe bends downward at the middle joint. The second toe is the one most likely to be affected, but this deformity can occur in other toes as well. Sometimes, more than one toe is affected.
Adult Acquired FlatfootThis is a collapse of your foot's arch. It happens over time, usually in just one foot but sometimes in both. As your arch collapses, the bones of your foot may gradually shift out of alignment. This can cause pain and other problems.
Morton's NeuromaThis condition is a thickening of the nerve sheath that surrounds a nerve in the ball of the foot. It most commonly develops between the third and fourth toes. It also commonly occurs between the second and third toes.
Plantar FasciitisPlantar fasciitis is an irritation of the plantar fascia. This thick band of connective tissue travels across the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel. It supports the foot's natural arch. It stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and AnkleRheumatoid arthritis (we call it "RA") is a chronic disease. It affects joints throughout your body. It commonly starts in your hands or feet. For many people, it causes problems in the feet and ankles.
SesamoiditisThis condition is an irritation of the sesamoid bones, which are located within the tendons that slide along either side of the bottom of the big toe. The sesamoid bones, each about the size of a kernel of corn, provide leverage for the tendons that control the big toe.
Stress Fractures of the Foot and AnkleStress fractures are small cracks that can occur in a bone because of overuse or activities that place high stress on the structures of the foot and ankle.