The foot and ankle rank among the most vital components of human mobility. Our feet and ankles impel our motion, enabling us to walk, run, jog, play sports, and perform other activities that drive our daily lives. It is in fact estimated that the typical American spends about four hours each day standing on their feet, taking about 5,000 individual steps in the process.
About 87 percent of people suffer from foot pain at some point in their lives; with one in three people over age 65 suffering from stiff or aching feet. Some common foot and ankle problems include fractures and breaks, sprains and strains, arthritis, tendonitis, podiatric-related diabetes issues, bunions, corns and calluses, heel and arch pain issues, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
The most common Ankle Surgery that Dr. Tallman performs are the following:
- Ankle Arthroscopy
- Ankle Ligament Repair
- Ankle and Foot Fracture Surgery.
- Achilles Tendon Rupture Surgery
- Achilles Tendinosis Surgery
- Ankle and Foot Cheilectomy or “Bone Spur Removal”
- Bulk Allograft Transplantation for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus.
- Ankle or Foot Arthrodesis
Nonsurgical treatments for foot and ankle disorders include casting and bracing, and PRP (PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma is a treatment method that involves therapeutic injections to combat the effects of osteoarthritis pain.
PRP injections consist of blood-based growth factors taken straight from the patient’s blood plasma and applied to an injured area–causing new tissues to formulate and thus both alleviate inflammation in the tissue and promote the additional formation of tissue.
Other forms of nonsurgical treatment include compression, therapeutic massage, rest, modified activity, splinting, and pain injections and medications.