If you need equinus treatment, trust the highly trained, experienced, and skilled professionals at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas to provide it. With a focus on minimally invasive techniques, the specialists help alleviate foot and ankle pain through advanced diagnosis and treatment.
What Is Equinus?
Equinus, the cause of many foot problems, is a condition in which dorsiflexion of the ankle joint is reduced, meaning your ability to move the top of your foot toward your leg is limited. In severe cases of equinus deformity, the foot bends downward and the patient is unable to walk, but in most cases the foot looks normal. However, because the foot is unable to bend upward as it should when walking, the condition can cause a strain or tear of the Achilles tendon or lead to various foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, neuromas, metatarsalgia, bunions, and hammertoes.
What Causes Equinus?
Equinus is often caused by tightness of the Achilles tendon or calf muscles. If diagnosed with Gastrocnemius Equinus, it means the tightening is in your gastrocnemius muscle.
Some people are born with the tightness; others inherit the trait or develop it for various reasons. Wearing high-heeled shoes or a cast can cause it.
An abnormal formation of bone, or an injury in which a fragment of broken bone blocks the ankle joint movement, can also cause equinus. If you have high arches, or one of your legs is shorter than the other, it could lead to equinus. Muscle spasms in the calf can also result in equinus, although it is not as common.
Equinus Treatment Options
Equinus treatment options will depend on what is causing the limited ankle joint movement and the severity of your condition. Your recommended treatment could be as simple as stretching the muscles, using a heel lift and/or wearing a night splint.
Often surgery is the recommended equinus treatment. If a tight or short muscle is the cause, the highly skilled surgeons at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas can perform an endoscopic gastrocnemius recession, a minimally invasive, out-patient procedure. Minimally invasive foot surgery offers many benefits over traditional surgery, including significantly less pain and a faster recovery.
If you suffer with foot and ankle pain or think you could have equinus, contact one of the doctors at an Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas nearest you to schedule an appointment.