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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  • Charcot Foot Charcot foot is a condition causing weakening of the bones in the foot that can occur in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy). The bones are weakened enough to fracture, and with continued walking the foot eventually changes shape.
  • Cavus Foot (High-Arched Foot) Cavus foot is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot when walking or standing.
  • Capsulitis of the Second Toe Ligaments surrounding the joint at the base of the second toe form a “capsule,” which helps the joint to function properly. Capsulitis is a condition in which these ligaments have become inflamed.
  • Sever’s Disease Sever’s disease is the most common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents, and should always be treated by an expert.
  • In-Toeing and Out-Toeing Toes that point inward or outward as your child walks should be evaluated by a podiatrist to determine if further treatment is necessary.
  • Flat Feet Flat feet can be caused by many different factors, and may increase your risk for pain and injury. Fortunately, they are treatable.
  • Diabetic Wounds Open sores on feet are a very common—and very dangerous—complication of diabetes. Learn more about diabetic wounds and wound care.
  • Bunions The Northwest Extremity Specialists offer conservative management and surgical reconstruction for bunion deformities.
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis There are many types of arthritis that can cause joint pain and stiffness in the feet and ankles, but symptoms can be treated and managed.