Ankle & Foot
Did you know: the Ankle was not only an important body part for walking and running. In the 1930s, there were regular 'Pretty Ankle Competitions' in the UK where contestants' ankles were judged for their beauty!
Foot & Ankle Injuries
Bunion (Hallux Valgus)
An Ankle Sprain is the most common sporting injury worldwide. It may range widely in severity, from a stretch of the ligament to a complete tear of the ligament. The consequence of a severe ankle sprain is that it will be very easy for the ankle to 'give way', leading to recurrent sprains. Sometimes such injuries will have to be treated with surgery.
Certain injuries may be more difficult to diagnose at the beginning by non- Orthopaedic specialists. These include: Lisfranc injury, High Ankle Sprain (syndesmotic injury), OsteoChondral Lesions (cartilage damage), Stress Fracture and Tendon Dislocation. Such injuries may initially have normal XRays, but produce persistent pain in the ankle and foot. At Centurion Orthopaedic Centre, our expertise and experience gives us a high index of suspicion for diagnosing such special injuries.
Heel pain is also very common. Pain at the bottom of the heel is likely due to Plantar Fasciitis and/or Heel Spur. Pain at the back of the heel is likely due to Achilles tendon inflammation. Other less common causes of heel pain are Os Trigonum syndrome and heel bone Cyst. There are various ways to treat these problems, including daily stretching, injections, and surgical treatment.
The Bunion (big toe angulated outwards; Hallux Valgus) is a very common condition affecting people in their 20s to 60s. This affects ladies much more, likely because of tight high-heeled shoes and genetic reasons. This is primarily a structural condition. Severe cases may cause significant pain and deformity of the big toe. Such cases will benefit from surgery to correct the alignment and remove pain.