Foot and Ankle

We specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of pathologies of the foot and ankle. This includes injuries, malformations, conditions and diseases in adults, children and seniors, as well as rehabilitation following trauma or surgery. The comprehensive range of conditions treated includes everything from ingrown toenails and bunions to sprains and fractures to diabetic foot care. In addition to expert treatment using the latest techniques and technologies available, we are dedicated to palliative and preventive foot care to ensure that our patients' feet remain healthy and strong throughout their lives.

Foot/Ankle Sprains and Strains

A sprain involves a tearing a ligaments as a result of a sports injury, fall, accident or other type of trauma.

Patients with a foot or ankle sprain may experience swelling, tenderness, bruising and pain in the affected area. Bearing weight on the foot may be difficult for some patients as well. Your doctor can diagnose a sprain after performing a physical examination of the foot and asking you questions about your symptoms and the injury. X-ray images may also be taken to confirm the diagnosis.

Sprains can usually be treated through conservative methods such as resting the foot, applying ice, wearing compression bandages and keeping the foot elevated. Your doctor may also prescribe medication or recommend anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce pain and swelling. Severe sprains may require immobilizing the foot in a cast and avoiding walking for some time. Most sprains do not require surgery, and patients will be able to resume physical activity once the injury heals.

Ankle Ligament Reconstruction

Ankle ligament reconstruction is commonly performed on patients with ankle instability or repeated sprains, as it is effective in tightening loosened ligaments and improving the overall stability of the joint.

The ankle ligament reconstruction procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Most procedures take two to three hours to perform. During the procedure, the two ligaments may be simply reattached, or part of a lateral tendon around the ankle may be used to repair the torn ligament. Your doctor will decide which technique is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.

After surgery, patients will need to use crutches for up to two weeks, at which point they can begin walking in a removable walking booth. Physical therapy is a crucial part of the healing process, and usually begins after about six weeks. Most patients fully recover from this procedure after three to four months, after which they can resume all regular activities including running and exercise.

Foot and Ankle Fractures

A fracture is a break in a bone. It may be a crack in the bone (a stress fracture) or a complete break; the bones may shift out of place or break the skin. Fractures in the bones of the foot and ankle cause a variety of symptoms and require different treatments depending on the location and severity of the break as well as the patient's overall health.

Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis is not as common as other forms of arthritis; however, it is still a painful condition for those affected. Arthritis is classified as an inflammation of a joint and can develop as a result of several factors, but most commonly occurs as a result of aging. The bone ends of a joint are covered by a material called cartilage which helps cushion the bone and allow for a smooth movement of the bones within the joint. As we age, this cartilage gradually wears away and leaves the bone ends rough and uncovered, causing symptoms to develop.

Treatment for ankle arthritis varies depending on its severity. Mild cases of ankle arthritis can often be remedied with cushioned shoe inserts, limiting impact activities, wearing a brace, cortisone injections, and anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery may be necessary for cases of ankle arthritis that do not respond to conservative treatment methods. Your doctor will determine which treatment option is most appropriate for your individual condition.

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