When it comes to movement, we all want to forge ahead. The 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. When that happens to you, it can be devastating to your way of life.
Three major sections make up the foot and ankle. The hindfoot is commonly reffered to as the ankle, the midfoot or arch, and the forefoot or toes. The forefoot consists of five long metatarsal bones connecting to the five 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 the 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.
As the contact point for our bodies with the ground, the foot and ankle must accommodate for a wide variety of functions and they need more than bones to do it – major tendons run along both the front, back and sides of our legs to connect the foot and ankle from the body to the ground. In addition, ligaments and connective tissues, like the plantar fascia, help give the system stability but can prove 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, athlete’s foot, plantar fasciitis, and fractures are common pitfalls of the foot. Twists, sprains, fractures, arthritis, and Achilles tendinitis and ruptures are common ailments of the ankle. Similar to other musculoskeletal injuries, time is often 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 foot and ankle issues at bay or treat them optimally.
Our Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle specialist in Edmonds, Dr. Foral, specializes in the following conditions:
Care of acute fractures, post-traumatic reconstruction of the ankle and foot joints, arthritic disorders of the lower extremity, tendon and sports related injuries, and deformity correction (bunions, flat foot, toe clawing). She believes strongly in providing a comprehensive approach to the lower extremity, ankle and foot, including lower extremity rehabilitation and non-surgical options, as well as taking in to account over all health and quality of life issues.