Category: Foot and Ankle

Treating Plantar Fasciitis Properly for Long-Term Pain Relief

Dr .Joel Stewart

Joel D. Stewart, MD One of the most common complaints for which I see patients is heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.  Sometimes people call this heel spurs, but it’s not usually the bone that hurts. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs underneath your foot and connects behind your… Read more »

Turf Toe

  Joel D. Stewart, MD The big toe joint {metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe} can be sprained by jamming or by repetitively springing, pushing off or jumping during sports.  It can also be sprained through accidentally bending it too far backward. We tend to see this injury more among athletes,… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Turf Toe

  Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT A sprain of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe has come to be known as Turf Toe, since artificial turf is now widely used in the world of sports. Artificial Turf is harder and doesn’t have as much “give” as natural grass fields when a… Read more »

What to Expect During Your Ankle Replacement Surgery

Dr .Joel Stewart

  Joel D. Stewart, MD You and your orthopaedic surgeon have made the decision that TAA (total ankle arthroplasty) is the right treatment decision for you.  Curious about what is going to happen at the hospital and in the operating room?  I’m going to pull back the curtain and give you an insider’s view of… Read more »

Recovering from Ankle Replacement – Phase I

  Joel D. Stewart, MD Recovery from an ankle replacement surgery is lengthy and occurs in three phases. Here’s what you can expect in Phase I as you recuperate: Phase I For the first 4-6 weeks, at home recovery consists of four main goals: 1) keeping weight off your newly replaced ankle; 2) managing post-surgical… Read more »

Preparing for your Ankle Replacement

Dr. Joel Stewart

  Joel D. Stewart, MD Now that you’ve decided a Total Ankle Arthroplasty (TAA) is the right treatment option for your ankle pain and disability, here is a planning guide to assist you with preparations up to the date of your surgery. Surgical Scheduling – At OSC, my surgical scheduler will work with you to… Read more »

Common Causes of Heel Pain and How Physical Therapy May Help

Jonathan Lorusso, LPTA At OSC, our orthopaedic physicians treat many patients who complain of heel pain caused by a tendon or ligament that is inflamed and angry.  As an OSC Physical Therapist Assistant, I’m referred these patients to help them overcome their heel pain through exercise and the use of specific modalities designed to reduce… Read more »