Hi doctor, I am a former ballet dancer, retired for 9 years now. I know I did horrible things to my feet in those years, but it has all caught up to me with no warning and I am scared. Just over a week ago I woke up with severe pain in my left foot, it felt like a cramp or a pinch, like maybe the joint of my big toe needed to crack into place. In an attempt to walk off the pain I seem to have made it worse. I have been to three doctors now, one of them a podiatrist and still do not have a clear sense of specifically what is wrong but they are finding all kinds of things: tendonitis, nerve damage, problems with my seismoid bones, possible stress fracture and/or hairline fracture...all the result of previous trauma. In your opinion am I headed for surgery? Is there anything I can do to prevent that outcome?

Posted By Julie on March 16, 2004 at 14:53:09:

The Active Ankle offers flexibility and security. It will feel different from anything you have ever worn for ankle protection. The hinge allows freedom of motion that you may not be accustomed to. Do not mistake this freedom of movement for lack of support. A leading university said, the Active Ankle provides more support (inversion) than the leading air-stirrup brace, the leading lace-up brace, or a tape job.

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