Joint conditions of the feet and ankles can cause discomfort and reduce mobility. Geisinger’s specialists use the latest technology and therapies to diagnose and treat a range of joint problems.
Depending on the nature and severity of the condition, treatment may include rehabilitation, physical therapy, special exercises, bracing or orthotics (special shoe inserts). In some cases, surgery may be the most effective option.
What you should know about joint conditions
- The foot contains 26 bones and more than 30 joints. Many people experience pain involving one or more of these joints. The pain may be accompanied by swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness and bruising, and the affected joints may also feel warm.
- Joint conditions of the foot or ankle can be caused by a wide range of problems, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Toe joint deformities, such as hammertoe, mallet toe or claw toes