Your feet log about 1,000 miles a year, absorbing 1.5 times your body weight with each step you take. It's no wonder that more than 12 million visits are made annually to physicians for foot, toe and ankle problems, including:
Ankle sprains and fractures: Approximately 25,000 people sprain an ankle each day, stretching or tearing the ligaments. Treatment consists of rest, ice, protection and elevating the ankle above the heart.
Arthritis: Nearly half of all people over the age of 60 have arthritis of the foot and/or ankle. Wearing proper shoes, using inserts for arch support, and taking anti-inflammatory medications may bring relief. Surgery to eliminate painful motion may also be an option.
Bunions: The swollen, sore bump on the joint that connects your big toe to your foot is probably a bunion, a condition that is common in women and often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Roomy shoes and bunion pads can provide relief, but severe bunions may require surgery to realign the bones.
At the Bryn Mawr Hospital Orthopedic Center in the Philadelphia suburbs, our orthopedic and podiatric physicians—both specialists in treating foot and ankle ailments—often collaborate to accurately diagnose and treat patients, as collaboration between the two specialties often leads to more effective treatment.
Consulting a foot and ankle specialist is advisable even for common or relatively minor conditions. Early intervention may help you avoid more serious concerns down the road.
In addition to the conditions outlined above, an orthopedic foot surgeon or podiatric surgeon will offer professional care for foot sprains, foot fractures, heel pain and tendon problems, as well as fitting for orthotic devices.
Bryn Mawr Hospital Orthopedics
1.866.CALL.MLH or 484.580.1000
Bryn Mawr Hospital Orthopedic Center 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.