Issues that Can Be Treated with Foot or Ankle Surgery
Ankle and foot issues can slow you down significantly, especially when they begin affecting walking and standing comfortably. However, your podiatrist can help you overcome your ankle or foot condition and get back on your feet with foot or ankle surgery. Learn about some conditions commonly treated by ankle or foot surgery with Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL.
Common Foot and Ankle Issues
Of the body’s 206 bones, 26 of them lie within your foot alone along with more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. The foot’s complex and important anatomy affects your entire body. With all of these moving parts, the feet are easily injured, sometimes making it difficult to narrow down the source of foot or ankle pain or discomfort. Some common conditions affecting the feet and ankles include:
- broken bones
- joint problems
- chronic ankle instability
- plantar fasciitis
If your foot pain begins affecting your daily life, walking or standing, you should consult with your podiatrist to come up with the best treatment plan for you.
Diagnosing Foot and Ankle Conditions
Diagnosing foot and ankle conditions can sometimes problematic due to the wide range of potential conditions. Your doctor will use a physical examination to investigate your foot pain. Your family and medical history and recounting your lifestyle and daily routine also help in the diagnostic process. Normally, your doctor will utilize imaging techniques like MRIs or x-rays to delve further into your foot or ankle’s anatomy and visualize problems with the bones or connective tissues.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Land O’ Lakes, FL
While treatments usually begin more conservatively, surgery is a common treatment for foot and ankle problems. Some of the most popular surgeries include bunionectomy to remove bunions, hammertoe surgery to realign the tendons in the toes, metatarsal surgery to correct problems within the foot’s joints, neuroma removal and surgery to correct the effects of arthritis which can include fusing the bone together or replacing the ankle joint altogether. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment plan is best for you.
For more information on ankle or foot surgery, please contact Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Call (813) 909-0865 to schedule your consultation with your podiatrist today!