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Foot & Ankle FAQ

Why are my foot and ankle becoming deformed?

Your ankles and feet are subjected to a great deal of stress over your lifetime. Typically, they hold up very well, but over time, joints, ligaments and tendons may wear out.

If I have diabetes, why do I need to wear special shoes?

Many diabetic patients need special shoes because they have started to lose sensation in their feet, leaving them more vulnerable to injuries. If these injuries go untreated, they can lead to infected wounds that are difficult to treat.

I have a small bunion that is not causing any pain. Should I have surgery?

In general, we do not suggest surgery for deformities that are not causing you pain or limiting your function.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Often the pain associated with plantar fasciitis:

  • Feels like stabbing in the heel of the foot
  • Is worst with the first few steps of the day or after sitting for prolonged periods
  • Affects one foot, but can occur in both 

How can I prevent foot pain?

Although many people suffer from foot pain in varying degrees, it is not normal. Some of the things you can do to prevent needless suffering include:

  • Wear age-appropriate shoes, since your foot changes as you get older and may need more cushioning and support.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly. If you have foot problems, don’t wear shoes that make your condition worse. Wear shoes appropriate to your activity to prevent injuries.
  • Wear shoes with arch support.

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