Chad Westphal, DPM
Location and Office HoursArizona Medical Clinic Orthopedic & Podiatry
9165 W Thunderbird
Peoria, AZ 85381
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- BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Health Net
- United Healthcare
What is the most common fracture of the foot and ankle?
The most common type of fracture is an ankle fracture. In this video, Christopher Hodgkins, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health South Florida, explains that with more than 20 bones in the foot, there is a wide scope of vulnerability.
Does Achilles tendonitis affect children?
Achilles tendonitis is rarely seen in children or teenagers. Often times kids (usually ages 9-13) develop heel pain that may be misdiagnosed as Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Their pain is usually coming from the growth plate because of overuse, growth spurts and inflammation. This is called Severs disease (similar to Osgood-Schlatters seen in the knee) and is usually easily treated by a sports medicine specialist.
How is osteochondritis dissecans treated?
Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) depends on the age of the patient, the circumstances of the injury and the type of bone damage. A simple bone contusion (bruise) would be treated differently from a detached bone fragment. In most cases, OCD lesions in children and young teens will heal on their own, especially when the body still has a great deal of growing to do. Treatment options may vary from simply being on crutches and being casted to having surgery.
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