Steve G. Steffan, DPM
Location and Office HoursCommunity Foot Care Center Inc
116 S Poplar
Vinton, VA 24179
- LewisGale Hospital Alleghany
What causes posterior ankle impingement?
The ankle joint is primarily composed of two bones, the tibia (shinbone) and a small bone between the shin and the heel, the talus. When the foot is pointed or flexed, the ankle is compressed at the joint. Pain can result if tissue becomes trapped between the bones. Posterior impingement, in the back of the ankle, is more common in ballet dancers and can be due to overuse, poor training techniques or an atypical bony protrusion at the back of the ankle.
What is arthritis of the midfoot?
Arthritis of the midfoot is the breakdown of cartilage and arthritis in the medial tarsometatarsal (TMT) joints and can result in significant pain in the midfoot. The pain is usually localized to the top of the foot over the arch.
How do Achilles tendon problems affect my body?
Achilles tendinopathy: Achilles tendinopathy starts with repeated small tears in the tendon. These tears may cause no obvious symptoms. Or they may cause mild to severe pain during movement. As the tearing continues, the leg may weaken and the tendon pain may become constant. Abnormal growths (nodules) may form in the tendon, and it may thicken. Without rest and treatment of Achilles tendinopathy, you may develop long-lasting (chronic) pain.
Achilles tendon tear or rupture: An Achilles tendon can partially tear or completely tear (rupture). A tear usually occurs in the tendon about 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) above where it attaches to the heel bone. Some doctors believe that this area is most likely to tear or rupture because of a limited blood supply. If you don't treat an Achilles rupture, you will feel weakness in your first steps when you walk. It may feel like walking in the sand. Over time, walking will become difficult.Other Achilles tendon problems: Other conditions can affect the Achilles tendon area alone or along with tendinosis. These other conditions are caused by inflammation. They include:
- Achilles paratenonitis. This is also called Achilles peritendinitis.
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis.
- Insertional Achilles tendinopathy.
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