About the Foot & Ankle
Orthopedic care of the foot and ankle is a very extensive and complex medical field, which has made significant advances in the past 20 years. This includes both surgical and non-surgical care of the foot and ankle.
We can separate the care of the foot and ankle injuries into categories. The first would be traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle, which would consist of sprains, strains and fractures. The second category would be mechanical deformities of the foot which would include common things such as heel spurs, bunions, toe deformities and nerve entrapment.
Orthopedic care of the foot begins in the youngster with the treatment of static foot deformity such as club foot. The adolescent one is mostly treating encounters of sprains and also traumatic injuries.
The mechanical deformities that require special attention usually occur in adults and probably a lot of these are related to shoe wear and if one culprit could be identified it would be a high heel shoe. The majority of foot deformities in the forefoot are in women.
Surgery of the foot is reserved for those conditions which cannot be alleviated by measures such as inserts in the shoe or shoe modification.
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