Orthopedic surgery includes the diagnoses and treatment of diseases and injuries affecting your musculoskeletal system, which includes surgical intervention and all types of non-surgical therapies such as joint injections, immobilization, and orthotics.
Your foot endures such extensive movement and pressure that any common foot problem can progressively worsen when it goes untreated, ultimately requiring surgical intervention.
A doctor may recommend surgery when your symptoms don’t improve or you haven’t regained mobility after months of conservative treatment.
Surgery is often the first line of treatment for fractured bones and torn ligaments, depending on the severity of the injury. Surgery to repair a torn ligament promotes optimal healing, while fractures may need surgery to realign the bones and stabilize them while they regrow.
A few of the most common foot and ankle conditions treated with surgery include:
- Achilles tendinosis (disease or rupture of the tendon)
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (collapse of flatfoot)
- Torn tendons and ligaments (recurrent ankle sprains, instability)
- Foot and ankle fractures
- Foot conditions caused by chronic diseases (diabetes, arthritis)
- Foot deformities causing calluses, wounds or recurrent infections
Our physicians have years of experience performing a wide range of foot and ankle surgeries, including open surgery and minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery. He’s also an expert in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
Complex foot problems often require reconstructive surgery to ensure you regain optimal function and stability and to prevent deformities. In many cases, reconstructive surgery includes the use of devices to hold bones in places such as pins, wires, and plates.
Reconstructive surgery often requires several surgical techniques performed at one time including one or more of the following:
- Bone fusion
- Tendon repair
- Bone grafting
- Straightening or removing bones
- Skin repair or graft
- Debridement (removing diseased or infected soft tissue)
- Joint replacement
- Shortening or lengthening bones