An osteotomy—or bone cut—is normally used to correct a deformity in a particular area of the foot. This procedure is done away from a joint, thus preserving motion in that area overall.
A computed tomography (CT) examination (also known as a “CAT scan”) helps diagnose and treat a foot or ankle problem. The scan takes cross-sectional images of a part of the body, giving the physician a three-dimensional image.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a sophisticated diagnostic procedure to diagnose the following arthritis, fractures, infections, injury to tendons or ligaments, and tumors.
In arthroplasty, a joint or part of a joint is removed, usually in cases of arthritis or for joints that destroyed beyond repair in trauma.
UltrasoundUltrasound is a very effective tool for treating and diagnosing a wide variety of foot and ankle problems. This is especially true for soft tissue problems: bursitis, heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, ligament, tendon, or cartilage injury, Morton’s neuroma, presence of foreign bodies, soft tissue masses, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis or tears in a tendon.
FusionsFusions generally need to be performed with some “fixation”—a method of holding the bones together until they heal (screws, pins, bone staples, plates, or external fixators). The podiatric surgeon will decide which fixator is best for your particular fusion surgery depending on such factors as anatomical position, health of the bone, or post-operative function.
Foot, ankle and lower leg surgeryFoot and ankle surgeries address a wide variety of foot problems stemming from injuries, disease or congenital deformities. These include arthritis and joint disease, benign and malignant tumors, bunions, calluses and warts, corns and hammertoes, flat feet, heel or toe spurs, ingrown toenails, and neuromas.