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Foot & Ankle Problems

With 28 bones and 33 joints working together under considerable pressure and weight, the foot and ankle can be prone to many problems and injuries. If you’re suffering from painful problems such as tendon issues, bone malformations or conditions like arthritis, we can help. 

Specialist treatment for foot and ankle problems

Renowned for their levels of expertise, our highly trained orthopaedic specialists, foot and ankle surgeons, physiotherapists and podiatrists can treat all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. This can range from a simple bunion correction to complex ligament reconstruction surgery. They’ll offer you reassurance and support from diagnosis through to treatment and follow-up care.

The first step is to screen your foot and ankle, using the latest MRI technology, ultrasound or conventional X-rays. Following diagnosis, our orthopaedic specialists will explain the next steps and the treatments available to you. This could include non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures, such as repairs to ligaments, arthroscopic ankle surgeries, Achilles tendon repair and reconstruction surgery.

There are five types of arthritis that generally affect this joint, they are: ankle arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and septic arthritis.

Sprains can happen when your foot twists. This can be very painful and will cause significant swelling. Although the injury is normally a straightforward sprain, it is possible to chip the cartilage and damage the tendons around the ankle.

Treatment usually involves rest, the application of ice and a bandage. However, if it doesn’t improve within three or four days then you should visit a hospital. Most sprains heal and don’t cause any lasting damage but in some cases there can be some instability. Physiotherapy can significantly improve this and, in some cases, ligament reconstruction may be an option.

Breaks and cracks are commonly referred to as factures. It can be difficult to tell if your ankle is broken or just sprained. If you notice any of the following then you should visit a hospital:

  • There is significant pain in the bones around the ankle
  • You can’t put any weight on the injured ankle
  • You heard cracking when the injury happened
  • The ankle looks deformed
  • The skin over the ankle is broken
  • The swelling worsens after three to four days

 

Fractures can cause lasting damage and pain. Our specialist orthopaedic consultants are experienced in a range of treatments to address this, including ankle arthroscopy, ankle replacement and ankle fusion.

If your fracture is straightforward then it will normally be treated with a plaster cast, which you’ll wear for six to eight weeks. After the first four weeks you may be given a removable cast or special boot so that you can put some weight on your injured ankle.

If your ankle is badly fractured then you may need a surgical procedure to realign and fix the bone, known as open reduction and internal fixation. This uses metalwork such as wires, plates and screws, which normally remain in your ankle following the operation.

Your recovery time will depend on the severity of the fracture, but most people find it takes around 12 weeks.

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EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare. 

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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