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Ankle Replacement

Good old-fashioned mobility insurance: Protecting your feet and ankles

Good old-fashioned mobility insurance: Protecting your feet and ankles

One of the most important means of transportation and independence protection in older age is often overlooked: the health of your feet and ankles. Maybe you can’t reach your feet anymore, or you chalk up foot and ankle pain to aging. But ignoring foot or ankle problems may lead to long periods of unnecessary disability, including the loss of activities you take for granted, such as driving a car, carrying groceries, or playing with your kids or grandkids outdoors. “Unfortunately, it remains common that people seek our care too late—long after we are able to have the substantive impact we are used to providing,” says Dr. Christopher DiGiovanni, chief of foot and ankle surgery at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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