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Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (114-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave) | May 18th, 2010

From Janice in Anchorage, Alaska,
May 18th, 2010

I tore my ligaments in my  lower leg, foot, ankle. a metal plate was insert to help heal the broken fracture. My joints near my ankle are lock up, its very painful to move or pivot. I have major pain, was recently diagnosis with arthritis. Is there a cure for it?

Hi Janice,

Thank you for writing. Any past injury to the body will lead to scare tissue. Scar tissue will affect the strength and integrity of the area injured. When it comes to the foot and ankle scar tissue can negatively affect the biomechanics of shock-absorption. Overtime this can lead to the accumulation of stress and tension in that area and all the weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips and lower back. Your injury should be evaluated by the appropriate health practitioner in your home town.

The benefits of custom orthotic inserts on this type of condition can be profound. Especially if it is determined that the foot is overpronated (flat) or oversupinated (high). Orthotic inserts help realign that foot and reduce strain to the muscles, ligaments and tendons in that area.

Other considerations:
  • what type of shoes are you wearing?
  • what activities do you partake in?
  • did x-rays definitely confirm the arthritis

For more information on Dr. Michael Horowitz's 5-step Process for Treating Arthritis please contact him via email at

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