If you are suffering foot pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, you don’t need to live with it
UAE, 18th July, 2019: Every day, our feet and ankles bear the brunt of pressure that comes from supporting our full body weight. The incredible demand we put on them is often more than they can endure. Symptoms of foot and ankle conditions often include bruising and tenderness, severe pain, reduced ability to move, difficulty walking or putting weight on the injured foot/ankle, stiffness and swelling in the joint, lump or visible deformity.
Foot and ankle conditions can be treated in many ways. Nonsurgical methods to treat foot and ankle include: Steroid medications injected into the joints, Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling in the joints, Pain relievers, braces to support the joints, Inserts that support the ankle and foot, Physical therapy, Custom shoes and weight control.
Dr. KP Meda, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Specialized in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Injury Specialist at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai takes a closer look at various Foot and Ankle conditions. Comprehensive care is the best way to treat the entire range of foot pain, ankle pain, injuries and disorders. He said, “We emphasize on minimally invasive and arthroscopic procedures so our patients have options for faster recovery, reduced risk of infection, and quicker return to full function.”
An ankle sprain tears the outer supportive ligaments of the ankle and can range from minor to so severe that the ligaments are torn completely, resulting in the ankle feeling loose. If a person frequently sprains an ankle, the ankle ligaments may be weakened to the point that a chronic instability results in frequent ankle sprains. This in turn can lead to other ankle problems, including bruised cartilage between the heel and the shin or bone spurs around the ankle. Eventually, these problems can lead to arthritis.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the tissues that line your joints. This inflammation can cause pain, swelling, and joint damage. If left untreated, the nagging foot pain and ankle pain from arthritis can grow worse, eventually becoming so excruciating that you can no longer walk even short distances. Severe arthritis can restrict your mobility and limit your quality of life; however, with proper treatment, you can slow the development of arthritis and lead a more productive life. Each person’s arthritis is different, so your physician will discuss treatment options best suited for you. Treatment can range from conservative methods, such as anti-inflammatory medications, braces, orthotics or physical therapy, to arthroscopic or joint replacement surgery.
A bunion is an inflamed, bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe where it joins with the foot. A bunion results from the big toe pushing against the neighboring toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to swell and bulge out causing foot pain. This common deformity can be caused by wearing shoes that are excessively tight or can develop as a result of a genetic structural defect or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Bunions tend to slowly worsen over time, and, if they become too severe, can hamper the ability to walk, increasing the risk of developing arthritis and/or bursitis.
The ankle is made up of three bones, and the foot comprises 26 bones. Fractures can occur in any of these bones and are usually due to trauma such as a fall, blow, or severe twist. Because a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a fracture, every injury to the foot and ankle should be examined by a physician.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
The tarsal tunnel is a space where leg nerve (tibial nerve) travels down to the ankle. Many other structures are found here, as well, including tendons, veins, and arteries, leaving little room for expansion. Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tunnel swells, compressing the tibial nerve and causing foot pain and ankle pain, burning, and tingling occur along the inside of the ankle, heel, arch, and sole of the foot. Symptoms tend to increase as the day progresses and are usually worsened with increased activity, such as walking or exercise. Prolonged standing in one place may also be an aggravating factor.
About Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai
Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery (BHAS), Dubai has three operation theatres with quality services offered in Joint Replacement surgery, Spine Surgery, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine and Interventional Pain Management for complicated chronic pain. Patients benefit from a team of highly specialized consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise and experience. The team offers medical and surgical care of the highest standards using the most up to date procedures which include the latest non-surgical and minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to speed up recovery, manage pain, and treat sports injuries and all orthopaedic conditions.