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Ankle Anatomy 101

Combined, the human foot and ankle contain more than 100 bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and forms 33 joints. It is a highly intricate structure that works in unison with the foot to help support our body weight, allow us to stand, walk or run, and move and flex in a variety of ways. When injured, it often requires highly specialized treatment to restore maximum function and movement.

Common Concerns

Pain can usually be traced back to an underlying cause or concern. Among other things, each of the following can cause reoccurring pain: 

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Avulsion fracture
  • Broken foot
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Gout (arthritis related to excess uric acid)
  • Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Septic arthritis
  • Sprained ankle
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

While the causes of discomfort are diverse, each patient has the same fundamental problem: ankle pain. At Iowa Orthopedic Specialists, the goal is always to find a healthy solution. Whether patients experience foot pain, swelling, or weakness, our orthopedic surgeons can provide expert treatment. When it comes to finding an ankle or foot injury doctor, our team is ready to help. 

Finding a Solution 

At Orthopedic Specialists, our foot and ankle surgeons have extensive training and experience in performing specialized techniques for treating foot injuries and ankle injuries. While ankle surgeries are unique to each individual, our specialists have experience addressing most concerns. Common procedures our orthopedic podiatrists often perform include Achilles tendon surgery, tendon transfer of the foot and ankle, tendon repair, implant surgery, and lateral and medial ligament reconstruction.

From operative to nonoperative care, our orthopedic ankle doctors provide a unique treatment plan focused on restoring your function. The foot and ankle specialists at Orthopedic Specialists are what make our team the best Iowa foot and ankle clinic. If you are looking for a go-to Iowa foot and ankle specialist, we are here to help! 

If you are experiencing ankle pain or an ankle injury, schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Specialists today!

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