Free Information on Foot and Ankle
About this information
The information available from the links below is reliable, easy-to-read (plain English) and, in some cases, easily avaialble for print. This information is recommended by the Australian Orthopaedic Association.
Orthoinfo, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons page for patients, is here. Their information is listed in the left column.
Orthoanswer, a web site developed for patients by a fellow Australian orthopaedic surgeon, is here. Their information is in the column on the right.
NHS Choice, the website of the National Health Service in the UK, is here. Their information is in the column at the bottom of the page.
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Some basic information on spines is available from the AAOS here.
Any/all patients being considered for surgery will be shown this information as part of their "informed consent" process.
Breaks, Injuries, Diseases and Conditions
Achilles Tendon Rupture (Tear)
Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)
Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
Calcaneus (Heel Bone) Fractures
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
Lawn Mower Injuries in Children
Patient Story: Ankle Fracture and Chronic Ankle Laxity
Patient Story: Ankle, Elbow, and Vertebral Fractures
Patient Story: Multiple Fractures in the Spine, Knees, and Ankles
Patient Story: Severe Injuries and Fractures Lead to Multiple Surgeries
Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spurs
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
Stiff Big Toe (Hallux Rigidus)
Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Treatments & Surgeries
Alternative Methods to Help Manage Pain After Orthopaedic Surgery
Before and After Total Joint Replacement
Foot and Ankle Conditioning Program
Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation Exercises
Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit
How to Use Crutches, Canes, and Walkers
Managing Pain With Medications After Orthopaedic Surgery
Patient Story: Ankle Joint Replacement
Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery
Total Joint Replacement: Questions Patients Should Ask Their Surgeon
Broken Bones and Injury
Turf Toe | Sprain in the Big Toe
Diseases and Disorders
Arthritis in the Big Toe (Hallux Rigidus)
Sesamoiditis and Sesamoid Injury
Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
Treatment | Operations and Surgery
Arthrodesis (fusion) of the Big Toe
Lateral Ankle Reconstruction for Ankle Instability
Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy
Rehabilitation after Ankle Sprain
Weight-Bearing during Rehabilitation
Prevention and Safety
Preventing adolescent injuries
Guidelines for Preventing Falls
The Impact of Childhood Obesity on Bone, Joint, and Muscle Health
NHS/UK Diseases and conditions
Nail abnormalities - Fungal nail infection
Nail abnormalities - Ingrown toenail
Onychogryphosis (overgrown nails)
Ringworn - Fungal nail infection