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,
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 Paoli Hospital, 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
Paoli Hospital Orthopedics
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