In-Depth Information on Common Foot & Ankle Concerns

The Northwest Extremity Specialists are committed to patient education. Fully understanding your foot or ankle condition helps you make confident, informed decisions regarding your treatment and care. Although there is no substitute for an in-person appointment with a specialist, we happily offer our extensive online library of foot and ankle articles as a resource and service to our patients, as well as the general public.

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  • Os Trigonum Syndrome The os trigonum is an extra (accessory) bone that sometimes develops behind the ankle bone (talus). It is connected to the talus by a fibrous band. The presence of an os trigonum in one or both feet is congenital (present at birth).
  • Pediatric Flatfoot Flatfoot is common in both children and adults. Although there are various forms of flatfoot, they all share one characteristic – partial or total collapse of the arch.
  • Haglund’s Deformity Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes.
  • Hallux Rigidus Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and with time it gets increasingly harder to bend the toe.
  • Fractures of the Fifth Metatarsal Fractures (breaks) are common in the fifth metatarsal – the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Two types of fractures that often occur in the fifth metatarsal are avulsion fractures and Jones fractures
  • Plantar Fibroma A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot (nodule) in the arch of the foot. It is embedded within the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot.
  • Puncture Wounds Puncture wounds are not the same as cuts. A puncture wound has a small entry hole caused by a pointed object, such as a nail that you’ve stepped on. In contrast, a cut is an open wound that produces a long tear in the skin.