Heel and Ankle Pain

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is the inflammation of a thick band of tissues that run across the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes, known as the plantar fascia. Typically the pain is worst in the morning with your first steps and will decrease as you get up and moving. However, it may return again after long periods of standing or walking again after sitting for a while. Although it can take several months, most people are able to recover using conservative treatments including stretching, resting, and ice.

In an ankle fusion, the physician fastens together the damaged ankle bones with metal plates and screws. As a part of the healing process, the bones fuse into one combined bone. This is typically a successful procedure in relieving arthritis pain but can also reduce the mobility of the ankle joint. A fusion would be recommended to a younger patient with an active lifestyle.

About Dr. Bagwe

Dr. Mahesh Bagwe, a physician at Ortho Missouri, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in foot and ankle reconstruction. He also serves as a team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals. Dr. Bagwe’s primary area of interest is lower extremity disorders. His specialties include: Foot and Ankle Surgery; Arthroscopic Surgery; Cartilage Repairs; Ankle Joint Replacements; Foot & Ankle Injections; Reconstructive Surgery; General Orthopedic Surgery; Sports Medicine; and Knee Surgery. He has been widely recognized and sought after for his innovative procedures that help patients regain their mobility.

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Dr. Bagwe is an Orthopedic Surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri | As a world class lower extremity specialist Dr. Bagwe treats disorders of the knee, foot and ankle which cause acute or chronic pain. With several locations in the St. Louis metro area, we offer solutions for Arthritis, Sprains and strains, Bursitis and tendonitis, Fractures, sports related injuries, work related injuries, stress fracture, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Knee ligament tear (ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL), Meniscal (cartilage) tear, Heel spurs, Plantar fasciitis, Shin splints, Hammer toe and other toe disorders, Achilles tendon problems, Bunions, and more.