What are the different types of foot and ankle surgery?
The fellowship-trained surgeons at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute have specialized training in a wide range of foot and ankle surgeries, including:
Total ankle replacement
If your ankle is diseased or damaged from arthritis or a severe injury, your surgeon may remove the joint and replace it with artificial components.
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera to diagnose and treat a variety of ankle problems.
Foot and ankle reconstruction Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery can treat many problems, from sports injuries like tendon tears to fractures and foot deformities like bunions.
What conditions may need foot and ankle surgery?
The team at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute takes a conservative approach to treatment and only recommends surgery when conservative methods fail to provide adequate relief. For some conditions, such as bunions, non-surgical treatment can only relieve your symptoms. Surgery is necessary to correct the underlying problem. You may need foot and ankle surgery if you have one of the following conditions:
- Flat foot
- Sports injuries
- Foot and ankle trauma
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Ankle instability
- Cartilage injuries
The team also performs Charcot reconstruction to treat Charcot foot, a severe complication of diabetes that causes the bones, joints, and soft tissues of the foot to weaken.
What should I expect from foot and ankle surgery?
First, the team at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute carefully examines your foot and ankle. They take imaging tests, such as an on-site X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to evaluate your foot’s inner structures and develop a customized surgical plan. Depending on your needs, they may recommend traditional open surgery or a minimally invasive technique like arthroscopy. You receive general or regional anesthesia before the procedure. After foot and ankle surgery, your surgeon provides you with instructions to promote a successful recovery. That may involve reducing your activity level, using crutches or another assistive device, and physical therapy. Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute offers on-site physical therapy to help you return to the activities you love. If you think you may need foot and ankle surgery, call Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute, or request an appointment online today.