Feet and Ankles Balance the Body
Just as the spine can be considered the framework of the body, your feet and ankles act as its foundation. More than 50 bones and joints combine to stabilize your body when in motion or at rest. Any disease or injury to a foot, ankle, or toe can throw life off balance.
With specialized medical training in keeping the entire musculoskeletal system healthy, orthopedic physicians understand the complex nature of foot and ankle. The ortho specialists at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington use diagnostic imaging to develop an accurate assessment of your health while targeting specific treatment options that meet your individual needs.
What Are the Most Common Foot and Ankle Problems?
- Achilles tendinitis and tendinosis
- Broken ankle
- Sprained ankle
- High ankle sprain
- Osteochondral lesion
- Chronic lateral ankle pain
- Ligament tear
- Diabetic foot
- Flat feet
- Lisfranc injury
- Metatarsalgia foot pain
- Stress fracture
- Broken heel bone (calcaneus)
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar fibroma and fibromatosis
- Corns and calluses
- Hallux rigidus
- Ingrown toenail
- Morton’s neuroma
- Toe fractures
Treat Foot and Ankle Conditions With Care
Because there are so many working parts in each, there is no one “cure all” treatment for feet, ankles or toes. Orthopedic specialists consider all the symptoms, following up with advanced diagnostic tools, to determine how to approach any treatment plan.
Just a “simple” fracture may not be so simple with so many moving parts working together in the feet, ankles, and toes. A broken bone could appear in the heel (calcaneus), the ankle joint, arch, foot bone, and/or toes. Fixing the broken bone could be affected by other problems in nearby ligaments and tendons. Some traumatic injuries may divert blood flow to the injured bone, making the area slower to heal.
Procedures to treat foot and ankle conditions include:
- Ankle fusion
- Ankle joint replacement
- Arthroscopic (minimally invasive) ankle surgery
- Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction
- Ankle fixation
- Debridement of Achilles tendon
- Tightrope fixation
- Achilles SutureBridge
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
- Planter fascia release
Many other procedures exist, depending on your individual foot or ankle condition. The first step toward maximum mobility is to consult an orthopedic specialist. Call Baylor Scott & White – Arlington at 855-41-ORTHO to make an appointment to rid yourself of foot and ankle pain as soon as possible.