Patient Education

Patient Education | Common Conditions

Bunions

Even though bunions are a common foot deformity, there are misconceptions about them. Many people may unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment.


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Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care Guidelines

Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet, even a small cut could have serious consequences.


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Flexible Flatfoot

What Is Flatfoot?

Flatfoot is often a complex disorder, with diverse symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which have one characteristic in common, partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch.


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Toe and Metatarsal Fractures

The structure of your foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Of the 26 bones in your foot, 19 are toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones (the long bones in the midfoot). Fractures of the toe and metatarsal bones are common and require evaluation by a specialist. A podiatric foot and ankle surgeon should be seen for proper diagnosis and treatment, even if initial treatment has been received in an emergency room.


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Hallux Rigidus

Each day, with every step you take, your big toe bears a tremendous amount of stress, a force equal to about twice your body weight. Most of us don't realize how much we use our big toe. We tend to take it for granted, unless a problem develops.


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Hammertoe

What Is Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a contracture, or bending, of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.


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Heel Pain

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis; a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present.


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Morton’s Neuroma

What Is a Neuroma?

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton's neuroma, which occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes.


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Pediatric Heel Pain

What Is Pediatric Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a common childhood complaint. That doesn't mean, however, that it should be ignored, or that parents should wait to see if it will "go away." Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease. In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention.


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Using Crutches

Instructions for Using Crutches

It takes some coordination to get around on crutches. To make sure you use your crutches correctly, please read these instructions and follow them carefully.


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Consumer Education Committee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

This information has been prepared by the Consumer Education Committee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a professional society of more than 6,000 podiatric foot and ankle surgeons. Members of the College are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine who have received additional training through surgical residency programs.

The mission of the College is to promote superior care of foot and ankle surgical patients through education, research and the promotion of the highest professional standards.
Copyright © 2013, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons


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