Podiatry Center


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Is your ankle injured?

Ankle sprains and fractures may be difficult to distinguish from each other since they share many of the same symptoms such as tenderness around the ankle ligaments and ankle bones. Localized swelling, discoloration and blister formation may be seen with more severe injuries.


How can an ankle's injury be treated?

We initially treat ankle injuries with rest, ice, compression, and elevation for a minimum of 24 to 72 hours. For more serious injuries, it is essential to obtain X-rays to evaluate the integrity of the ankle. Significant swelling or deformity, accompanied by discoloration or numbness to the foot, may indicate a compromise to the nerves and circulation. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. Merely putting an ace wrap on a serious ankle injury is not sufficient. An under-treated ankle injury may lead to years of pain and loss of function of the ankle joint.

The treatment of serious ankle injuries may require splints, casts or surgical intervention. The type of treatment varies based on the severity of the ankle injury. If surgical correction is inevitable, you want to make sure that you are evaluated by a specialist that mainly treats ankle injuries. An improperly treated ankle may lead to chronic pain and debilitation.


If I need surgery, how long do I need to go back to my active life?

Serious ankle injuries may require surgical intervention. If an ankle is fractured or displaced, it is very important to obtain precise realignment of the ankle to avoid problems such as arthritis of the ankle joint. Studies have shown that when the heel strikes the ground, five times the body weight is placed across the ankle joint. This pressure can be devastating to a poorly aligned ankle joint. A mere 1 mm displacement of the ankle bone reduces the ankle weight bearing surface by 42%. A slight misalignment can lead to severe arthritis and destruction of the ankle joint.

We use the latest techniques in ankle surgery to get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible. In fact, many times our patients are out of their cast and in physical therapy in as little as three weeks after surgical repair of their fractured ankle. This allows our patients to resume their activities quickly and heal with fewer complications.

Ankle arthroscopy is an innovative technique to evaluate and treat ankle injuries. It offers fewer complications and minimal soft tissue disruption while restoring function and stability to the ankle joint. We now use laser ankle arthroscopy to resurface joint irregularities, remove binding scar tissue, and remove painful bone spurs. This is an excellent treatment option available for either acute or chronic ankle conditions.


What is my foot going to look like after surgery?

For the first couple of days you will have pain and inflammation, over the next couple of weeks the pain should decrease and there will be some edema, you will have some erythema This should subside over a period of 2-6 weeks.  "The outcomes speak for themselves."


About serious ligament injuries?

Ankle injuries are very common and can lead to permanent disability. We are committed to using the latest procedures and instrumentation to provide you with a safe and speedy recovery.

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What happens if I have arthritis in my joints?

You will break down cartilage and have bone on bone contact which will produce pain upon motion.

 

  • What is a bunion?
    It is an abnormal osseous position, usually of the first metatarsal due to an overbearing abductory soft tissue force. This deformity is usually accompanied by a bursitis at the medial first metatarsal joint.
  • Do lasers get rid of bunions?
    Lasers can only correct soft tissue structures, not osseous structures.
  • What's unique about our approach to bunion correction?
    The placement of the incision more plantar medial than dorsomedial also the placement of the K-Wires for axation.
  • Do bunions ever come back?
    Bunions may come back.
  • When should I have my bunions corrected?
    When the symptomology warrants surgical intervention.

 

  • What is a callus?
    Areas of thick skin that have developed over high stressed or pressured areas of skin and act as a protective layer.
  • How did I get my callus?
    May be due to tight or poorly fitted shoes; irregularities in bones r toe deformities.
  • How do I get rid of my callus?
    First, find properly fitted shoes. You can have calluses trimmed by your podiatrist and/or soak calluses in warm water and use a pumice stone. Always keep skin moist with skin moisturizer
  • If I had my callus removed before and it keeps coming back, is there anything else I can do?
    Your podiatrist may prescribe accommodative foot inserts for pressure relief. Surgical intervention may be needed to shave or redirect bone deformities.

 

  • What causes heel pain?
    • Obesity; tight plantar fascia
    • Flat foot deformity
  • How do I get rid of my heel pain?
    • Weight loss
    • Stretching exercises
    • Anti-inflammatory medications
    • Accommodative insoles

 

  • What is Neuroma?
    Entrapment of interdigital nerve most commonly the third space and the interdigital nerve becomes inflamed.
  • How is it diagnosed?
    Clinical signs- burning and aching with some tingling sensation. Diagnosis can be made by physical exam, injection of steroid/anesthesia, often modalities may include ultrasound or MRI.
  • Treatment
    They can be treated conservatively by having the patient find comfortable shoe wear with low heels and wide toe box. Also to include metatarsal pads. Injection of steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be added to treatment regimen, but if conservative means have been exhausted, surgical excision is indicated.

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