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
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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