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Plantar Fascia Rupture

A ruptured plantar fascia is a very painful tear in the largest ligament in the foot (the plantar fascia). It often mimics the most common type of heel pain called plantar fasciitis. Cortisone heel spur injections (steroid shots intended to treat heel pain) can put you at risk for a rupture of the plantar fascia. This painful condition causes arch pain, heel pain, and sometimes swelling or bruising in the bottom of the foot. It will not usually get better on its own.

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Sural Neuritis

Neuritis is simply pain resulting from an irritated nerve. The sural nerve is one of the five nerves that crosses the ankle and then provides sensation to the foot. The sural nerve travels down the back of the leg along the Achilles tendon and crosses over to the back of the fibula (outside or “lateral” ankle bone) before it curves down along the heel and proceeds out to the little toe. The sural nerve only provides sensation to a small area along the outside of the foot and the 4th and 5th toes.

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Sural Neuritis

Neuritis is simply pain resulting from an irritated nerve. The sural nerve is one of the five nerves that crosses the ankle and then provides sensation to the foot. The sural nerve travels down the back of the leg along the Achilles tendon and crosses over to the back of the fibula (outside or “lateral” ankle bone) before it curves down along the heel and proceeds out to the little toe. The sural nerve only provides sensation to a small area along the outside of the foot and the 4th and 5th toes.

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Cuboid Syndrome

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Heel Bone (Calcaneal ) Fracture

Everything You Wanted to Know About Heel Bone Fractures

The medical term for the heel bone is  “calceaus”. For that reason, when when you fall and break your heel bone, any doctor in the San Francisco Bay Area (or anywhere else for that matter) will tell you that you have a “calcaneal fracture.” This article by San Francisco Foot Surgeon Dr.Christopher Segler will explain calcaneal fracture treatment.

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Metatarsal Stress Fracture

A metatarsal fracture is a crack or break in one of the five metatarsal bones found in the foot. A stress fracture in a metatarsal bone usually results from applying more stress to the bone than it can hadle over any given period of time. They usually come on gradually. Any suspected metatarsal fracture warrants an evaluation by a foot fracture specialist, even if initial treatment has been started in the emergency room.  


Lisfrancs Fracture explained by San Francisco Foot Surgeon

Lisfrancs fractures involve the rupture or tearing of a of ligament that stabilizes the midfoot. Sometimes it also includes fractures of the metatarsal bones in the foot. This injury alters the alignment bases of the metatarsal bones and the cuneiform bones. These injuries are very difficult to recognize on xray, and are very frequently missed. In fact, one study (for which Dr. Segler won an award from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) showed that 98.6% of the x-ray findings suggested of these injuries were missed by board certified Emergency Room Physicians. Unfortunately, these are often debilitating injuries if not properly treated. All fractures of the mid-foot warrant an evaluation by a foot fracture specialist, even if initial treatment has been started in the emergency room.  

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Peroneal Tendonitis

All About Peroneal Tendon Problems  A tendon is a structure that is the body’s equivalent of a cable. But instead of steel wire, thin collagen strands bundle together and connect muscle to bone. The peroneal tendons are frequently injured in runners and triathletes. They are also commonly injured during an ankle sprain. The result is pain in the outside of the ankle or foot. 

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Peroneal Tendonitis

All About Peroneal Tendon Problems  A tendon is a structure that is the body’s equivalent of a cable. But instead of steel wire, thin collagen strands bundle together and connect muscle to bone. The peroneal tendons are frequently injured in runners and triathletes. They are also commonly injured during an ankle sprain. The result is pain in the outside of the ankle or foot. 

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Gout in the Big Toe Joint

Gout is a condition that often affects the big toe joint causing redness, heat, swelling and extreme tenderness. A patient with gout will often say that they can’t fit into shoes because the foot hurts so bad. They can’t move the big toe without pain. Even a bed sheet resting on the foot can cause excruciating pain. So what is gout in the foot?

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