Seattle & Edmonds Foot and Ankle Injury Experts
Keeping you active and comfortably on your feet is the top priority of the Active Foot & Ankle podiatry clinics of Seattle and Edmonds. Highly-trained and experienced, podiatrist Mark Kuzel is passionate about helping your feet and ankles return to pain-free function. From the slightest foot discomfort to debilitating pain, foot and ankle injury problems aren’t something to be ignored. Active Foot & Ankle Clinic exists to identify the source of your pain and provide a treatment plan to remove it from your active life.
Advanced Foot and Ankle Injury Treatment in Seattle and Edmonds
With all the training and equipment to perform most services on site, our medical staff uses the very latest methods and technology to treat foot and ankle injury. Our advanced musculoskeletal imaging methods, including ultra-high resolution ultrasound and standard X-ray, enable us to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat the source of your foot and ankle pain – not just the symptoms.
While foot surgery is sometimes necessary depending on the injury, we offer non-surgical alternatives whenever possible. We have a wide variety of foot and ankle injury treatment options at our disposal, enabling us to effectively treat most genetic, diabetic and infectious/viral podiatric conditions. We also fit patients with custom orthotics.
Achilles Tendon Pain & Ankle Instability/Sprain
Pain in the Achilles tendon, called tendinopathy, is a common foot and ankle injury usually caused by tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) or tendonosis (small tears in the tendon caused by overuse). Tendonosis is more common than tendonitis, but both cause similar discomfort. When you sprain your ankle, the ligaments in your foot are weakened. If you rush back into activity before the injury is properly healed, the problem can escalate and result in increasing instability. Chronic ankle sprains and a feeling that your foot rolls outward too easily are indicators of ankle instability, which often begins with an ankle sprain that didn’t heal correctly.
Metatarsalgia & Neuroma
Metatarsalgia, characterized by inflammation of the ball of the foot due to overuse, is a condition that can make physical activity painful. Usually a symptom of other conditions, metatarsalgia is often found to be caused by neuroma, which is a painful foot condition affecting the front of the foot and often extending to the toes. Neuroma refers to any swelling of a nerve, and a Morton’s neuroma is excessive tissue formation around sensory nerves at the base of the second and third, or third and fourth toes. Fibrous tissue forms in response to nerve irritation from pressure exerted by ligaments, causing swelling, inflammation, pain and numbness in part of a toe or toes. As ligaments compress the nerve, the body’s natural reaction is to form excess tissue. This excess tissue causes more irritation and compression on the nerve, often making the condition and pain worse.
Plantar Fasciitis & Stress Fractures – Two Common Foot Injuries
Inflammation of the main structural ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot is called plantar fasciitis. This foot condition is often very painful from the heel to the base of the toes. While it can be caused by excessive running or walking, it can also be caused by certain diseases. Another common foot and ankle injury is stress fracture, usually caused by high impact activities like basketball or wearing inappropriate footwear resulting in the painful microscopic reorganization of bone.
Corns, Calluses, Ingrown Toenails & Heel Spurs
Corns and calluses are hard, thick patches of skin that develop when pressure is repeatedly applied to a specific area of the foot. These are our bodies’ response to uneven pressure or friction on an area of skin. Ingrown toenails develop when the nail grows into the skin of the toe instead of over it, cutting the nail bed and causing pain, redness and bleeding. Heel spurs, also referred to as ‘heel pain’ or ‘plantar fasciitis’, are often caused by faulty biomechanics – how you walk and move. Heel spurs develop when too much strain is placed on the heel bone, ligaments or nerves.
Outstanding Foot and Ankle Injury Care in Seattle & Edmonds
Serving the communities of Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park & Mountlake Terrace