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Lower Extremity

Orthopaedic Associates, Inc

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist located in Evansville, IN & Henderson, KY

Lower extremity conditions can make it challenging to get through normal daily routines, preventing you from living your life to the fullest. At Orthopaedic Associates, a team of highly skilled specialists are here to help you. Call or request an appointment online at one of their offices in Evansville, Newburgh, or Henderson.

What are some examples of lower extremity conditions?

The term “lower extremity” refers to the joints in the lower portion of your body. This includes your knees, hips, ankles, and feet. All of these joints play critical roles in mobility, allowing you to walk, bend, sit, stand, and pivot throughout each day.

Numerous issues can develop in these joints. Some of the more common lower extremity conditions include:

  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Torn meniscus
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Hip impingement

This is just a small sampling of joint issues affecting the lower extremities. Many people develop more than one condition and find that staying active and mobile becomes incredibly difficult.

How do lower extremity conditions develop?

Lower extremity conditions can develop due to many different factors. Some are degenerative conditions and develop over time as the components of a joint slowly wear away. Joint pain and functional issues can occur without the same cushioning, shock absorption, and structural support.

In other cases, traumatic injury is the cause of lower extremity conditions. A car accident or act of violence can strain, tear, or otherwise damage joint components like tendons and ligaments. This can destabilize the affected joint, leading to additional damage. Sports injuries are a common form of traumatic injury.

The joints at the base of and below your torso are also subjected to the weight of the upper portion of your body. Considering the sheer volume of tasks these joints perform each day, it should be no surprise that lower extremity conditions are so common.

What are some treatment options for lower extremity conditions?

When you turn to Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. for care, the first step is a comprehensive diagnostic assessment. Your specialist takes the information gleaned from this process and designs your customized treatment plan.

Treatment options may include any combination of the following:

  • Casting
  • Bracing
  • Splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Joint injections
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, surgical intervention is the best way to achieve lasting relief from lower extremity conditions.

To learn more, reach out to Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. to book your one-on-one visit. You can schedule by phone during normal business hours. The online scheduling tool allows you to book from the comfort of your home, any time of day.