Foot and Ankle Care

Foot and Ankle Care

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Your feet and ankles endure a lot of wear and tear. They must be sturdy enough to absorb your body weight, and agile enough to perform quick, precise movements while dancing or playing tennis. They support us when we walk and jump. And they let us balance on our tiptoes while reaching for a high shelf.

It’s no wonder that from time to time, we experience pain, swelling and other symptoms in our feet and ankles. Sometimes minor problems can be managed with rest or ice. 

If your symptoms prevent you from standing or walking, you may need to see a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care.

Understanding the Foot and Ankle

Your ankle is a joint that connects your foot to your lower leg bones. Your foot is made up of 26 tiny bones and contains more than one hundred muscles, ligaments and tendons. If something harms even one of these many parts, it can create pain and affect your mobility and balance.

Three out of four Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime. But until problems happen, we tend to forget about our feet – and often abuse them.

With regular foot care, you can prevent or reduce many foot and ankle problems. Which is important, because your feet reflect your overall health. An ailment in the feet can be the first sign of more serious medical issues such as arthritis or diabetes.

Foot and Ankle Care at Mercy

Mercy’s orthopedic teams include doctors with advanced education (called fellowship training) in foot and ankle disorders. We have the skills and experience necessary to help people overcome most foot, ankle and lower leg problems. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Foot deformities, including flattened or collapsed arches
  • Bunion correction
  • Hammertoe, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis
  • Non-surgical treatments such as bracing, orthotics (custom shoe inserts) and orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Foot and ankle trauma and fractures.
  • Arthritis
  • Athlete's foot and fungal toenail infections
  • Instability, including ankle and foot sprains and strains
  • Tendon injuries and repairs, including Achilles rupture

Whether you’re sidelined by a sprain or your high heels have given you hammertoe, you can count on Mercy. Together we’ll develop a treatment strategy to get you back on your feet – and stay standing.

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