Ankle Joint Contracture
Ankle joint contracture/equinus is the upward motion (or dorsiflexion) of the ankle being limited. This diagnosis decreases foot and ankle flexibility which can negatively affect the foot in many ways. You can get the contracture from tightness of muscles and tendons in the calf. This happens from inactivity, injury, certain diagnoses like RA, or genetically. Patients who are immobile also can experience this. At Lexington Podiatry we have a ton of conservative measures to treat contracture. We use specific stretching and splinting techniques that we can teach you in the office. Sometimes a patient may have to have physical therapy. Few require surgical intervention.