Foot & Ankle Surgery
Comprehensive Care for Foot and Ankle Disorders and Injuries
The foot and ankle doctors at The Podiatry Group of South Texas are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that can affect your feet.
Disorders and injuries of the foot tend to be located in one of three areas:
- Forefoot – includes the toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones, which connect the toe bones to the rest of the foot; the forefoot supports half your body weight
- Midfoot – the five tarsal bones that form the arch of your foot
- Hindfoot – the back of the foot, including the heel bone and ankle
In some cases, the entire foot may be affected. Whether or not you need foot or ankle surgery will depend on the type and extent of injury you sustained, how severe your symptoms are, and whether other treatment methods may work for you.
When foot or ankle surgery is required, it is typically done to:
- Repair damaged bones and soft tissue. This may include fixation or fusion for foot and ankle fractures, or joint replacement for arthritis. Ligament reconstruction can help patients with chronic ankle instability. More complex reconstructive surgery may be required to correct deformities such as Charcot foot, a serious complication of diabetes.
- Realign bones, such as surgeries to correct foot deformities like bunions or hammertoe.
- Relieve compressed nerves in the case of tarsal tunnel syndrome, Morton's neuroma, and other conditions.
- Repair tendon injuries, which can occur when the Achilles tendon ruptures, or in debilitating cases of tendonitis (most commonly affecting the Achilles, posterior tibial, or peroneal tendons). A procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon can also help alleviate pressure on the forefoot and midfoot to aid the healing of foot ulcers in that area.
What is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that involves using a smaller incision and tiny instruments that allow your doctor to fix your foot or ankle problem with the least amount of trauma to surrounding healthy tissue. This usually means a faster recovery period, as well as less post-operative pain and scarring. Ask your podiatrist whether you are a candidate to have your foot or ankle surgery performed arthroscopically.
In cases of life-threatening infection and tissue death, limb salvage or amputation may be required.
Foot and Ankle Doctors San Antonio, Boerne, Hondo, Floresville, Kenedy, Live Oak, TX
If you need foot or ankle surgery, you’re in good hands with the podiatric surgeons at The Podiatry Group of South Texas. Call the location nearest you for an appointment or use our convenient appointment request form.