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Foot Pain: Have You Injured Your Achilles Tendon?

Foot Pain: Have You Injured Your Achilles Tendon?

by Stephanie Meadows
Injuring your Achilles tendon can happen to anyone, whether you are an athlete, or just an active person going about your everyday life. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, located at the back of your ankle, which attaches your calf muscles to the heel bone. It is a springy band of tissue, giving us the ability to flex and point your toes toward the floor and raise up on your tiptoes.

Foot, Ankle Injuries Are a Unique Specialty at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland

Foot, Ankle Injuries Are a Unique Specialty at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland

by Bevon Findley (SU)
If you have ever sprained or fractured your ankle, you know the pain associated with such an injury and the difficulty walking and bearing weight afterward. Fortunately for the Baltimore area, Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland has a leading foot and ankle specialist on staff to help individuals with common and complex ankle and foot injuries get back on their feet. Patrick Maloney, MD, OACM’s foot and ankle specialist is a fellowship-trained physician whose expertise includes major reconstructive surgery including ankle replacement surgery. Ankle replacement is a relatively new procedure, only coming into practice over the past 15 years. Dr. Maloney performs this complex procedure to treat the arthritic ankle joint by removing the joint surfaces and replacing them with metal and a hard plastic spacer. He explains that “the surgery is more selective in the ankle because it’s a smaller joint that has to take the greater force of walking, so we’re more selective on patients that may qualify.” In addition to treating problems with the ankle, Dr. Maloney also performs delicate tendon repairs and deformity correction in the foot for people with high arch or flatfoot, as well as bunions and hammertoes.

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For more than 40 years, Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland has provided the highest standard of orthopedic care for patients of all ages in Catonsville, Columbia and Eldersburg as well as nearby in the Annapolis, Washington, DC and Montgomery County areas. As our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors continue the traditions of our founding physicians, Dr. John Tansey and Dr. Kenneth Spence, we employ sophisticated advances and specialties in the field of orthopedic medicine, such as arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive procedures, joint replacement, sports medicine, onsite diagnostic imagery, outpatient surgery, and physical therapy rehabilitation for the full spectrum of joint, bone, muscle, back, and related pain conditions and injuries.