Foot and Ankle
The foot and ankle are subject to constant stresses and hazards, from the
effects of arthritis to traumatic sports injuries. Fellowship-trained
in foot and ankle surgery, our orthopaedic specialist offers surgical
and non-surgical treatments for a wide range of foot and ankle problems,
including injuries, fractures, arthritis and deformities. From simple
conditions to the most complex ankle reconstruction, we are experts in
relieving pain and helping patients regain their quality of life.
Areas of expertise include:
- Arthroscopic repair of conditions from ligament tears to cartilage damage
- Foot and ankle reconstruction, including successful repair of flatfoot,
bone deformities and arch problems
- Forefoot reconstruction
- Fracture care
- Repair of cartilage injuries, including cartilage transplant and regeneration
- Total ankle joint replacement, allowing natural pain-free motion
- Treatment of ankle instability, including anatomic reconstruction, ligament
repair or tendon grafting
- Treatment of tendon disorders, including tendon repair and reconstruction
The foot and ankle are the most commonly injured joints in recreational
and elite athletes. Injuries can range from ankle sprains and stress fractures,
to nerve, ligament, and tendon damage. Many injuries can be effectively
treated without surgery. For more serious or complex injuries, minimally-invasive
surgical techniques are creating improved outcomes and dramatically shorter
Because the ankle absorbs the body's full impact, pain from rheumatoid
or trauma-related arthritis can be especially severe and debilitating.
For many people suffering from an injured or diseased ankle, ankle replacement
surgery can eliminate the pain and help them return to everyday activities.
Using the newest techniques and materials, our board-certified foot and
ankle surgeon replaces the injured ankle joint, allowing a natural, pain-free motion.
Not every patient is a good candidate for ankle replacement. For some,
ankle fusion – where the damaged joint cartilage is removed and
the bones around the ankle knit together into a solid painless structure
– will offer better outcomes.
Health issues such as nerve and circulatory disorders, cerebral palsy,
diabetes and stroke can create pain, weakness and deformity in the ankle
and foot. Aggressive prevention and treatment allows our orthopaedic specialist
to correct muscle imbalances, and prevent foot deformities from becoming
permanent. For some conditions, bracing and physical therapy alone can
be successful. In other cases, surgery – including tendon transfer
or tendon lengthening – can help realign the foot and allow normal movement.