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Exploring the Most Common Bone and Joint Injuries

When it comes to orthopedics, Fox Valley residents want to know what injuries and conditions warrant a trip to this type of specialist. There are certain common bone and joint injuries to be aware of because they are common and can happen to just about anyone.

Plantar Fasciitis

This is a condition that can affect anyone, but it is especially common in people on their feet a lot and those who engage in activities like running. This condition is characterized by the soft tissues around the heel of the foot becoming inflamed. Patients with this condition can experience pain, so you want to do what you can to reduce it.

Metatarsalgia

This is a condition that is most often seen in those who regularly engage in cycling. The pain with this condition affects the ball of the foot, the area where cyclists tend to put a lot of pressure when they are riding. There is a chance that a stress fracture might also be present if you notice swelling in this area of your foot.

Stress Fractures

This is a rather common injury, especially among people who run regularly. The injury is most common in the foot, lower back and lower leg. Women tend to be at a higher risk for this type of injury. The pain can range in intensity, but there tends to be at least a dull ache at all times.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

This is one that you likely have not heard of because you do not often hear about it even though it is not an uncommon injury. Those who are very active are at risk for this injury. Working to make the hip stronger can help to prevent it. Treatment usually involves strengthening the lower body evenly. This will also help to prevent a recurrence of this condition.

Joint Dislocation

When you are active or in an accident, there is always a risk of a joint dislocation. These can cause extreme pain and need to be treated immediately. If you dislocate a joint you will notice right away due to symptoms of pain, instability and swelling.

Torn Achilles Tendon

This is a very painful injury and the degree of the tear varies from minor to complete. This is another injury that must be treated promptly to reduce the risk of worsening. In some cases, this injury will result in surgery if it is not promptly corrected.

Now you have more information concerning the injuries that might result in a visit to an orthopedic specialist. Seeing this type of specialist can help to get you a more prompt diagnosis so that treatment can get started quickly.

Ready to Get Started?

If you would like to request a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI), please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online.

Additionally, OSI offers a Walk-In Clinic at its Appleton location for new, acute orthopedic injuries.

The Orthopedic & Sports Institute has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.