Foot and Ankle Program
Foot and Ankle Treatments
The team at the Foot and Ankle Program is focused on delivering personalized patient care. We listen to our patients and involve them as much as possible in their own care, and we stay in contact with the patient’s referring physician by providing treatment updates. Because our highly skilled physicians specialize in foot and ankle disorders, we have the experience, insight and knowledge to offer the most effective treatment options for each patient’s needs.
Non-Surgical TreatmentsFollowing thorough diagnosis, physician specialists with the Foot and Ankle Program may recommend non-surgical treatments. Patients with arthritis, flat feet, Haglund's deformity, stiff big toe (hallux rigidus), hammer toe and other conditions may benefit from one or a combination of treatments including:
- Bracing and orthotics – to support the joints and tendons, limit the motion and reduce stress to affected areas.
- Immobilization – to restrict motion and reduce weight born by the bone or joint
- Anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections – to reduce swelling and relieve pain
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation – to increase flexibility, strength and stamina
Foot and Ankle Surgery OptionsFoot and Ankle Program surgeons are nationally known and among the most respected in their field. Once surgery is determined to be the best option for patients, their depth and breadth of experience provides the expertise to treat all foot and ankle disorders. Some foot and ankle surgery procedures include:
- Ankle joint distraction arthroplasty
- Ankle replacement and reconstruction
- Arthroscopic decompression
- Forefoot reconstruction
- Fusion of ankles and other joints
- Tendon reconstruction
- Advanced reconstruction of flatfoot deformities, including tendon transfers and bone cuts or osteotomies
Other TreatmentsIn addition to non-surgical measures or as alternatives, other state-of-the-art treatment options are available to restore motion and minimize pain. These foot and ankle treatments include:
Diabetic Limb SalvageDiabetes can impair blood flow and cause nerve damage, so diabetic patients are at risk of painful foot ulcers and infections that can be hard to treat and can lead to amputation. Physician experts with the Foot and Ankle Program work closely with experts in ulcer, wound and diabetes care to treat patients. From prevention and education to complex treatments and reconstruction, the goal of those involved in diabetic limb salvage is to keep patients fully functioning and healthy.
Primary Care Foot ProgramAlso with a focus on diabetic patients, the Primary Foot Care Program provides preventive foot care, education, diagnosis and treatment of common foot and ankle disorders. Common disorders might include ankle sprains and strains, plantar fasciitis/heel pain and nail and callus care. Program staff also provide referrals to more specialized care when needed.
ProstheticsIf a limb or parts of a limb need to be replaced with an artificial or prosthetic device, our experts are here to help. Our team evaluates each patient’s daily activities and job tasks and assists in selecting the proper prosthetic for their needs. Staff help patients learn to live with their prosthetic in their daily lives, providing instruction, demonstration and encouragement.
Wound CareThrough our Wound Care Clinic, specialists treat the entire spectrum of foot and ankle wounds, from complex surgical wounds, traumatic injury and arterial and venous wounds to pressure ulcers, diabetic wounds and wounds related to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and more. From debridement and dressings to management of edema and lymphedema issues, our experienced and highly trained staff provides thorough wound care.
Last Review Date: March 15, 2013
Online Editor(s): Shannon Krause