Foot & Ankle

Our board-certified orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons have extensive experience in every option for operative and non-operative care to identify the best treatment options for you.

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Why does my foot hurt when I first step on it in the morning?
Plantar fasciitis often first shows up as heel pain with the first few steps out of bed in the morning and can be very painful!
Why did my Achilles tendon just start hurting?
Achilles tendinitis is one of the most common causes of ankle pain and can come on gradually, without injury. Walking and activities can become increasingly painful and difficult.
Why does my sprained ankle still hurt after two months?
A sprained ankle can be more complicated than we first think. Weakness and instability can cause ongoing pain and dysfunction. Small fractures associated with sprains can make the healing process longer.
My bunion is getting bigger, do I need to get it fixed?
Bunions can have a wide variety of presentations, however, generally speaking, you only need to consider getting them fixed when they keep you from doing the activities you enjoy in your daily life.
My feet are going numb, should I be worried?
Foot numbness can have a wide variety of causes. The most serious is usually caused by diabetes, and it is important to look into the underlying problem.

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Our feet and ankles work together to keep us standing, walking, running, and everything in between. When working well, they provide us with the balance and stability we need to do the things we love – something we often take for granted…until they stop working properly.

Structure of the Foot and Ankle

Three major sections make up the foot and ankle:

  • Hindfoot – commonly referred to as the ankle
  • Midfoot – Arch
  • Forefoot – Toes

The midfoot contains multiple small square bones that create the arch of the foot and provide structure and shock absorption. The hindfoot includes the ankle and heel. The ankle is made up of the end of the tibia and fibula, which create a hinge for the talus bone to rotate up and down. Under the talus is the calcaneus, or heel bone, which provides the surface to walk on and a more subtle side-to-side motion that allows us to walk on uneven surfaces. Major tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues run along both the front and back sides of our legs to help give the system stability, but can prove to be very problematic when they start to fail us.

Any number of things can go wrong with our feet and ankles due to the sheer volume of activity they sustain and the variety of motion they tolerate. Bunions, athletes foot, plantar fasciitis, and fractures are common pitfalls of the foot. Twists, sprains, fractures, arthritis, and Achilles tendonitis or ruptures are common ailments of the ankle. Similar to other musculoskeletal injuries, time is often of the essence when it comes to treatment. We encourage you to learn all you can and consult with our doctors about how you can keep your foot and ankle issues at bay or treat them optimally.

Our Edmonds Orthopedic foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Foral, provides a comprehensive approach to the lower extremities, including rehabilitation and non-surgical options, while taking into account overall health and quality of life issues. Dr. Foral specializes in care of acute fractures, post-traumatic reconstruction, arthritic disorders, tendon and sports related injuries, and deformity correction for conditions such as bunions, flat foot, and toe clawing.

Foot & Ankle Doctors

Darcy Foral, MD

Darcy Foral, MD