Foot Ankle Doctor Atlantic Highlands NJ
A study from the Institute of Preventive Foot Health found that nearly 80 percent of people over 21 have had at least one problem with their feet. Yet only 59 percent of people said they went to a specialist to address it. Dr. David V. Lopez a Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine serving the Atlantic Highlands NJ Area takes a multifaceted approach to foot, ankle, toe, and heel pain treatment. He specializes in minimally invasive sports medicine and joint replacement.
During standing, walking, and running, the foot and ankle provide support, shock absorption, balance, and several other functions that are essential for motion. Three bones make up the ankle joint, primarily enabling up and down movement. There are 28 bones in the foot, and more than 30 joints that allow for a wide range of movement.
In many of these joints the ends of the bones are covered with articular cartilage—a slippery substance that helps the bones glide smoothly over each other during movement. Joints are surrounded by a thin lining called the synovium. The synovium produces a fluid that lubricates the cartilage and reduces friction. Tough bands of tissue, called ligaments, connect the bones and keep the joints in place. Muscles and tendons also support the joints and provide the strength to make them move.