What is foot and ankle surgery?
Foot and ankle surgery is a sub-specialty of orthopedics and podiatry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the foot and ankle disorders.
Specialists in foot and ankle surgery aim to provide high quality, efficient and advanced consultations to a patient. This extends from patient education on prevention of conditions to complex reconstructive surgery. Foot and ankle surgeons work in collaboration with other specialties, including general practitioners, radiology, rheumatologists and physiotherapists amongst others.
Foot and ankle surgery at DBAJ
Surgery of the foot and ankle is designed to ensure continued functionality of the lower limb areas. The patients, who complain of joint and ligament problems, as well as those with congenital deformities, are offered an extended plan of surgical solutions.
Any foot and ankle condition treated at DBAJ would always go through a conservative treatment plan before surgery is proposed – which is tailored to an individual’s condition. When surgery is the only option, our foot and ankle surgical department take care of the entire patient process from pre-operative preparations to post-surgical assessment to ensure a patient returns to their optimal function.
Most of the foot and ankle surgery carried out at DBAJ occurs in a day care surgery. This provides patients a more convenient recovery with minimum levels of post operative discomfort. In the postoperative setting, each patient is followed closely and managed according to their individual needs and phases of recovery.
Common foot and ankle problems treated
Our foot and ankle surgeons are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. Foot and ankle surgeons are uniquely qualified to care for bone, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon pathology of the foot and ankle, including:
- Structural deformities, including bunions, hammertoes, painful flat foot and high arched foot deformity, bone spurs
- Heel pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Tendon and soft tissue problems
- Degeneration and arthrosis of the joints of the foot and ankle
- Skin and nail conditions
- Congenital deformities
- Trauma-related injuries, including fractures and dislocations and posttraumatic arthrosis
- Charcot foot