Foot and Ankle Surgery
There are few things more limiting to an active lifestyle than pain in the foot or ankle. As a foot and ankle specialist and an Orthopedic Surgeon, I will provide you with the most appropriate forms of treatment or surgery that may be required to ease your pain and cure your lower extremity ailments.
By nature, Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. It is not uncommon for the everyday person to develop arthritic pain in their feet and ankle joints, as these joints endure constant stress and strain from everyday life activity, exercise, sports and age.
There are various forms of conservative treatments available to relieve arthritic pain, including immobilization, orthotics and steroid injections.
Orthopedic surgery may be required to relieve pain and restore joint mobility, when and if conservative treatments no longer provide adequate relief and joint mobility.
Total Ankle Replacement
Total ankle replacement (also called ankle arthroplasty) is a surgical option for patients with arthritis of the ankle. This operation can relieve pain and maintain motion in the arthritic ankle joint as an alternative to arthrodesis (ankle fusion), which can relieve pain but eliminates motion in the joint.
Arthroplasty does not have the long-term track record of hip or knee replacement, but shorter-term studies look very promising.
Though more complex, reconstruction of significant deformities such as an acquired flat foot or severe cavus (high arch) can be very satisfying for patients and help prevent secondary pathologies.
The most commonly encountered forefoot complaints are: bunions, hammertoes and neuromas. Shoe modifications and orthotics can sometimes be beneficial. Those that are unresponsive to conservative therapies can be treated with surgery.
It is important to understand the appropriate treatment options to minimize the risk of recurrence of pain and deformity. I appreciate the intricacies of these procedures, and help enable my patients to return to their desired activities and shoewear.
Foot and Ankle injuries are very common in all sports that require agility. Arriving at the correct diagnosis and treatment regimen is important to expedite a return to sports.
I have successfully treated and rehabilitated athletes at all levels of performance. I can identify injuries that have the potential to heal on their own versus those that require arthroscopic surgery, ligamentous reconstruction or internal fixation.
There are 28 bones in the foot and ankle combined. I am efficient at identifying and appropriately treating all fractures and ligamentous injuries. Whenever appropriate, I will use non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques.