The list of ailments and conditions, not to mention injuries, that can affect your foot and/or ankle is substantial. On its foot care website, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) organizes foot & ankle conditions into six categories: ankles, midfoot, heel, big toe, and smaller toes.

Total ankle joint replacement available at Dayton outpatient surgery center

Your ankle joint is made up of three bones. Like the other major joints in the body, the ankle joint can be replaced with a prothesis during a total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), a procedure that may be necessary to treat ankle arthritis. In addition to arthritis, ailments of the ankle include fractures and sprains, tendinitis, and osteochondral lesions, which are injuries to the talus (the bottom bone of the ankle joint) that involve both the bone and the overlying cartilage. In Dayton, you can trust the experience of our foot & ankle surgeons to keep you moving.

Is foot surgery needed for flat feet?

The most common conditions occurring in the midfoot region are related to your arches. You have two arches in your feet — one aligned from heel to toes and a second aligned across your foot. Treatment options for flat feet (those with lower arches) and high arches are generally nonsurgical and include stretching exercises designed to lengthen your heel cord, physical therapy and orthotics (shoe inserts). Foot surgery may be needed if other treatments do not relieve your foot pain.

Heel pain a cause for concern

Heel pain is the most common problem affecting the foot and ankle. Heel pain can have many causes; if simple rest does not ease your heel pain, you should see your foot and ankle orthopedist right away. Heel pain generally falls into one of two categories — pain beneath the heel (such as plantar fasciitis) or pain behind the heel (such as Achilles heel tendinitis). Either way, the skilled foot & ankle surgeons at Greater Dayton Surgery Center can solve your problem.

Foot & ankle surgeons keep you on your toes

It’s safe to assume you have stubbed your big toe at some point in your life! In fact, you may have even fractured it, and it may have healed on its own, without surgical intervention. If necessary, your orthopedist may have taped, braced or even placed your foot in a cast, all with the goal of immobilizing the toe while the bones knit themselves. 

Nine out of ten bunions occur in women’s feet, and the majority of those are from wearing tight, ill-fitting shoes, and especially those darlings of the divas – high heels. Toe-tight shoes can also cause other disabling foot problems such as corns, calluses, and hammer toes. Procedures and medical devices exist for returning the condition of your feet to smooth, soft, and straight.

If you suffer from any of these foot & ankle conditions (or others) or even if you are experiencing foot & ankle pain for the first time, call us at 937.535.2200 for an appointment.