Foot & Ankle
Sutter Orthopaedic Institute
Foot and Ankle Program
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 11 million people visited the doctor in 2003 for problems related to the toes, feet or ankles. It's not surprising when you consider everyday activity places stress on the foot and ankle's 28 bones and connecting tendons, ligaments and muscles - and nearly every sport involves the feet. The feet are also farthest from the heart and spinal column, making them vulnerable to poor circulation and nerve damage.
Patients have a number of options when it comes to caring for the foot and ankle—through Sutter primary care doctors, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons. Minor conditions can often be treated through primary care physicians. Because foot and ankle complaints cover such a wide spectrum, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons often concentrate their practices on treating a range of conditions. Sutter primary care physicians can provide guidance and referrals to podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons who focus on the treating specific concerns.
Porfiria had to hang up her beloved tango shoes after her left foot began to fail. She tried dancing through the pain but could not override the unbearable discomfort. Eventually she could barely walk.
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Summertime in the Central Valley is hot and most everyone likes to wear sandals or open shoes. Summer is also the time foot specialists start to see a large increase in foot fatigue, foot strain, heel pain, and plantar fasciitis because open shoes do not have as much support as a closed shoe of similar construction.
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