Kevin Thomas, MD
Location and Office HoursDrs Hopson & Rano
Salisbury, MD 21801
What is calcaneal apophysitis?
Calcaneal apophysitis is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. It typically affects children between the ages of eight and 14 because their heel bone is not fully developed.
How is ankle instability treated?
Ankle instability is a condition in which the ankle has lost its normal stability due to loose ligaments. Non-operative treatment involves bracing, physical therapy or activity modification. If non-operative treatment is ineffective in relieving symptoms, typical surgery to repair the stretched-out ligaments (a modified Brostrom procedure) works well, with high patient satisfaction rates. On rare occasions, an allograft tendon (tendon from a cadaver bank) can be used to reconstruct the ankle’s outer ligaments in those with very severe instability.
In this video, Thomas San Giovanni, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health, explains the procedure.
How is acute achilles tendinitis treated?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
Relative rest or avoiding painful and aggravating activities is necessary to prevent further inflammation. Ice applied over the tendon can be used to decrease pain and control the inflammatory response. Often, a heel lift worn in the shoe is prescribed to decrease the forces on the tendon and allow healing. Cross-training (i.e. replacing a few weekly running sessions with cycling or swimming) is a great way to prevent this condition as it decreases the repetitive load placed on the tendon and allows recovery between periods of exercise. Incorporate a lower extremity flexibility program into your daily routine with an emphasis on stretching the calf muscles to prevent re-injury. Strengthen the foot intrinsics by scrunching a towel or picking up marbles with the toes. Make sure you use footwear that is appropriate for your activity and that provides adequate arch support.
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