Proper foot care is not something most of us think about until problems literally put us out of step. Yet, foot and ankle problems are among the most common health ailments. The majority of people will experience some degree of foot and ankle problems during their lifetime.
A normal foot and ankle has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. The average person will walk the equivalent of four times around the world in his or her lifetime. So it’s hardly surprising that nearly three-quarters of Americans will eventually experience some type of foot problem. In athletes, these problems are even more common.
Some of the more common foot problems involve ingrown toenails, bunions or warts. Medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis typically affect the foot and ankle. More complex problems of the foot and ankle may involve diabetic ulcers, infections and conditions such as tendinitis or flat feet, which require surgery. Inherited foot and ankle problems include club foot and hammer toe among others. Add to this the numerous injuries that occur regularly, including sprains and fractures, and it is clear that we rely heavily on the health of our two feet and ankles.
Although some problems are inherited, many stem from a lifetime of accumulated abuse and neglect, such as wearing improper footwear or not seeking early medical attention. Proper assessment and treatment of problems are critical to foot and ankle health.
Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with our orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists to get your questions answered!
About the Speakers
Mark Berkowitz, MD, is a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, arthritis, fractures and sports injuries of the foot and ankle. Dr. Berkowitz graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and went on to complete an orthopaedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. He also completed a foot/ankle/lower extremities trauma fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute.
Arjun Srinath, MD is a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon specializing in total ankle replacement surgery, rheumatoid foot disorders, fractures, and sports injuries of the foot and ankle. Dr. Srinath is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Medicine at Syracuse and later went on to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He also completed his foot and ankle fellowship at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction/Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
To make an appointment with Dr. Berkowitz or any of the other specialists in our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, please call toll-free 866.275.7496, you can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/ortho.
To make an appointment with Dr. Srinath or any of the other specialists in our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call toll-free 877.463.2010, you can also visit us online at clevelandclinicflorida.org.