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All about equinus.

What is equinus?

Equinus is the inability to bend your ankle up toward the front of the leg.  Someone with equinus lacks the flexibility to perform this motion.  It can occur in one or both feet and most people are unaware that they have this condition.  Someone is usually diagnosed after they go to the doctor for some other issue that is caused by equinus.

What causes equinus?

There are many causes of equinus.  It may be caused by tightness in the calf muscle or the Achilles tendon.  Some people have this tightness from birth and some inherit it.  It could also be caused by being in a cast, being on crutches, or wearing high heel shoes frequently.  It can also be from bone spurs restricting normal motion.  This can force other joints (foot, knee, hip, or back) to compensate and become painful.

If you suffer from foot pain or are unable to bend your ankle forward, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFASContact Us at Our Bismarck Office today.

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