Foot & Ankle
Your Complex Support System
Your feet contain approximately 25% of the bones in your entire body, plus an intricate web of tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. They represent perhaps the most complex part of the physical support system that keeps you standing, walking, running, jumping, dancing, skiing, skating, or otherwise balancing and bearing the weight of your body. It’s really no wonder that at some point they might begin to register some complaints.
Foot and Ankle Facts
- 25% of the bones in the human body are in our feet and ankles
- 16% of joints are found below the ankle
- The foot is designed to be both flexible and rigid and adapts to whatever you are doing.
Many conditions, practices and events can have consequences on the feet and ankles, including sports and other injuries, infections, autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, tumors and other potential factors. Other conditions may be genetic or present from birth, or attributable to irregular growth patterns, but most are due to wear and tear over time.
Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers specialty care for foot and ankle conditions, including surgical and non-surgical treatments for many foot and ankle conditions, such as
- Achilles tendonitis
- Arthritis of the foot and ankle
- Diseases of tendons
- Forefoot pain
- Bunion and angled toes
- Flat feet
Resources/For More Information
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Interested in learning more about foot and ankle care? Watch orthopedic specialist Brian Hoffman, MD, FAAOS, discuss foot and ankle problems and answer popular questions from the audience:
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