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Ankle Surgery

Walking Expectations After Total Ankle Replacement

For patients with significant ankle dysfunction that has not responded well to conservative care treatments, a total ankle replacement procedure may be just what you need to greatly improve ankle function and your overall quality of life. With the help of total ankle replacement, we

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Foot Problems

Caring For Flexible And Rigid Mallet Toes

Mallet toe is a common condition that causes one or more toes to take on a misshapen appearance. The problem affects the third joint in a person’s toe, which is the joint closest to the nail, causing the tip of the toe to have a

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Feet

4 Ways You’re Making Your Morton’s Neuroma Worse

Morton’s neuroma is a relatively common foot condition that occurs when tissue that surrounds one of the nerves leading to your toes ends up thickening. This tissue thickening can irritate or compress the nerve, leading to general discomfort in the forefoot. The most common location

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Foot Problems

What Is Turf Toe And How Is It Treated?

Turf toe is a medical condition involving a sprain to the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in your big toe. The condition earned the moniker “turf toe” in the 1970s as it became more common in athletes competing on artificial turf. Like all sprains, you can suffer

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Bunions

Treatment Options for Different Types Of Bent Toes

Do you have one or more toes that are bent or crooked? If so, you’re not alone. There are a variety of conditions that can cause your toes to become bent or crooked, and even if they are not painful at the moment, this catawampus

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Ankle Sprain

Preseason Ankle Care For Athletes

Sprained and fractured ankles are one of the most common injuries that fell young athletes on a regular basis. It’s estimated that 300,000 high school athletes suffer ankle sprains each year, and the numbers have increased in recent years, particularly in non-contact sports. Not all

Ankle Surgery

Treating Ankle Instability With A Tendon Graft

If you are dealing with ankle instability that is not responding to conservative care, your foot and ankle specialist may talk with you about your surgical options. When it comes to surgically addressing lateral ankle instability, doctors usually perform the operation in one of two

This minimally invasive technique is designed to eliminate the painful bunion bump and return your toe to a normal position. During the procedure, Dr. McDonald makes series of three small incisions to correct the deformity. The incisions are just a few millimeters long compared to three- to five-inch incisions used in traditional open bunion surgery. Dr. McDonald performs the surgery under image guidance, which allows him to have “eyes inside” the foot. Because of its minimally invasive nature, recovery time is typically quicker than traditional bunion surgery.
Bunions

Why Ignoring A Bunion Is Typically A Bad Decision

There are very few health conditions that fully resolve by ignoring the problem. Far more often than not, ignoring a health issue leads to worsening symptoms and a more severe condition, and that’s typically the case when it comes to bunions. We believe you should

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Foot Problems

Treating The Complex Comminuted Foot Fracture

When you picture a broken bone, you likely imagine it snapping in one spot, which leaves a fracture between two bone segments. This makes sense, because this standard fracture is the most common type of break pattern, but it’s not the only way that a

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Feet

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Visit With Dr. McDonald

When it comes to getting medical care, we all want the same thing – efficiency. We want to fully and completely treat our underlying issue quickly and with as few appointments as possible, which in turn saves us time and money. However, even if you

Heel Pain

Why It’s So Important To Treat Your Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition categorized by inflammation and microtearing of the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot that connects your heel to your toes. As we’ve talked about on the blog in the past, plantar fasciitis discomfort tends to be