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St. Mary's Center for Orthopaedics

Foot and Ankle


New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
At NEFAS, we understand that healthy, functional feet and ankles are critical to your mobility and the enjoyment of many activities.  We have extensive experience in treating traumatic sports injuries, heel pain, arthritis, limb salvage and deformities. Learn more

Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis

What is the Achilles Tendon? A tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to …
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Ankle Replacement

Patients with the following conditions may be candidates for surgery: Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Arthritis caused by ankle surgery in the past Bone fracture Surgical treatment options for ankle arthritis include: Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery Arthroscopic surgery can usually help in the early stages of …
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Ankle Sprain

What is an Ankle Sprain? If your ankle gets swollen and painful after you twist it, you have most likely sprained it. This means you have stretched and possibly torn the ligaments in your ankle. Even though …
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What is a Bunion? A bunion (also referred to as hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus) is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. A bunion is at the base of …
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Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability is a condition in which the outer portion of the ankle constantly “gives way.” It typically occurs after walking or running, although it may also occur while standing still. Chronic ankle instability …
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Flatfoot (Pes Planus)

What is Flatfoot? Flatfoot (pes planus) is a condition in which the longitudinal arch in the foot, which runs lengthwise along the sole of the foot, has not developed normally and is lowered or flattened out. …
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Foot Fracture

A fracture is a literal break in your bone or the surrounding cartilage. It will cause significant discomfort, especially when it is in a bone of weight bearing use, such as the foot. Fractures of …
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What is Hammertoe? A hammer toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. Initially, hammer toes …
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Heel Spurs and Bone Spurs

Heel spurs (calcaneal spurs) are protrusions (bumps) on the forward underside of the heel bone that can occur when the plantar tendon pulls excessively in the area where it attaches to the bone. The condition …
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Stress Fractures of the Foot

What is a Stress Fracture? Stress fractures can occur in various bones of the body when an abrupt increase in activity leads to excessive stress on the bone and impairs the bone repair process. Stress fractures …
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