Occasional foot pain after long stretches of walking or standing is just part of life. But persistent pain in the foot, whether it’s foot and ankle or heel pain, is something you should discuss with a foot doctor.
At El Camino Hospital, we treat the entire range of foot and ankle problems, from routine ankle sprains to stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis and complex deformities involving all parts of the foot and ankle. Some of these problems may be treated non-operatively with medication, physical therapy, bracing, orthotics and injections but others may require surgery. Foot and ankle problems should not be ignored: Foot pains can keep people from participating in sports and even impact daily living.
Foot and Ankle Disorders
Many foot and ankle disorders can be easily resolved with custom orthotics, or even the right pair of “sensible shoes”. The Foot and Ankle Center offers evaluation and treatment for such common problems as:
- ankle sprains
- plantar facilitis
- stress fractures
Sometimes, foot or ankle surgery is necessary before a patient can get some relief. Our fellowship-trained surgeons perform a variety of procedures, including reconstructive work for bunions, arthritis and congenital deformities, corrective procedures and surgery for complex fractures of the foot and ankle. Severe tendon problems due to injury, illness or congenital problems may require major reconstructive surgery. Some of these problems include:
- posterior tibial tendon failure
- ruptures and contractures of the Achilles tendon
- Peroneal tendon insufficiency
State-of-the-art Activity Boosters
As our population ages, more and more people continue to lead physically active lives, hiking, running and playing sports. They don’t have time for foot pains. In many cases, we are able to prolong that activity level with state of the art procedures, including:
- platelet rich plasma injections
- hyaluronic acid injections
- joint resurfacing surgery
- ankle replacement surgery
- cartilage transplants
Choosing a Surgeon
At El Camino Hospital, our foot and ankle surgeons are orthopedic surgeons with fellowship training in Foot and Ankle. They are experienced in treating a broad spectrum of mild to severe disorders. To find a doctor to best meet your needs visit the Find A Doctor page and look under the specialty Podiatry.
Procedures and Recovery Time
If you’re considering foot and ankle surgery, it’s important to understand a bit more about the process. While a few longer, more complex surgeries require an overnight stay in the hospital, most foot and ankle procedures are performed in an outpatient setting. Depending on the procedure, you may have light sedation , a nerve block or general anesthesia. To ensure a speedy recovery, your surgeon will advise you on the best possible postoperative care.
Your recovery time and return to normal walking will vary according to the procedure. Some surgeries require you to wear just a medical bandage while you heal. For others, you may need a splint, surgical shoe or cast. Your surgeon will let you know more once your procedure has been scheduled.
Keep in mind that you will need to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to prevent further problems. As with any surgery, be sure to ask lots of questions about what to expect so that you can prepare for any downtime that may be required as part of your recovery.