There are few things more limiting to an active life style than pain in the foot or ankle. At our office in Houston, Texas we have assembled an elite collection of foot and ankle fellowship-trained Orthopedic surgeons who are well qualified to take care of the entire spectrum of distal lower extremity ailments.
Due to both trauma and the wear and tear of life, the foot and ankle joints may develop debilitating arthritic pain. Conservative treatments include: immobilization, orthotics and steroid injections. We have foot surgery surgeons well trained in all conservative modalities as well as: arthroscopic interventions, fusions and even ankle replacement.
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. Our surgeons appreciate the intricacies of these procedures, and help enable our 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 return to sports. Our ankle and foot surgery surgeons have successfully treated and rehabilitated athletes at all levels of performance. We can identify the injuries that have potential to heal on their own versus those that require arthroscopic surgery, ligamentous reconstruction or internal fixation.
There are 29 bones in the foot and ankle combined. Our physicians are efficient at identifying and appropriately treating all fractures and ligamentous injuries. Whenever appropriate, non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques are utilized.
Foot and Ankle Surgery FAQ’S
Why do the foot and ankle require specialized orthopaedic care?
The ankle and foot surgery are anatomically complex, and therefore, require specialized orthopaedic treatment and care. In total, twenty-eight bones and more than thirty joints compose the foot. These components are held in place by strong bands of tissue, called ligaments, which provide support and enable successful movement.
What are the symptoms of foot and ankle damage?
Although there are numerous conditions and factors associated with foot and ankle damage, common signs of injury include:
• Pain and discomfort
• Swelling and inflammation
• Redness and/or tenderness of the skin
• Reduced range of motion
• Difficulty in standing or walking
To determine the cause of any symptoms observed, a comprehensive examination will be completed, including both the documentation of a medical history and completion of basic mobility exercises. In addition, an x-ray or other diagnostic test may be required to determine the full extent of present damage.
When is foot or ankle surgery recommended?
Ankle and/or foot surgery is typically recommended only in cases of severe injury, or after non-invasive efforts fail. If symptoms are not relieved by rest, the use of anti-inflammatory medications, and like methods, surgical intervention may be recommended. Common operation types include:
• Arthroscopic debridement
• Arthrodesis (joint fusion)
• Arthroplasty (joint replacement)
Whenever possible arthroscopic, or other minimally invasive techniques, will be used. Frequently reported benefits to arthroscopy are decreased cutting and blood loss, which enable faster recovery times and reduced post-op pain.
What is the recovery process from foot or ankle surgery?
Following foot and/or ankle surgery, anti-inflammatory and pain medications will typically be prescribed to alleviate post-op discomfort, especially during the initial weeks of recovery. Most patients are required to rest and keep the treated foot elevated for up to two weeks.
Once basic physical activities, such as standing or walking are resumed, crutches or orthotics will likely be recommended to avoid placing detrimental pressure on the foot and ankle. In most cases, it will be three to four months before everyday activities can be successfully resumed, and a total of four to nine months before full recovery is achieved.
What foot and ankle conditions does The Fondren Group treat?
The team at The Fondren Groupspecializes in the care of a range of foot and ankle conditions, as associated with both progressive wear-and-tear and traumatic injuries. Damage types frequently treated include, but are not limited to:
• Bone spurs
• Plantar fasciitis
• Stress fractures
• Achilles tendinitis
In addition to working to alleviate any symptoms present, the orthopaedic team will provide guidance on achieving ongoing relief and avoiding re-injury, including methods for treatment of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you would like your symptoms diagnosed or evaluated, or would like to see if you are a candidate for ankle and foot surgery, call the #1 Orthopedic doctor in Houston, Texas.