Ankle and Foot Treatment in Fort Mill
Our orthopaedic team provides specialized care for ankle and foot conditions which can arise from:
- Sports related injuries
- Work related injuries
- Degenerative disease
Common Conditions of the Foot and Ankle
Progressive wear and tear on the many tendons in the lower extremities can lead to a common condition known as tendonitis. Individuals with tendonitis will typically experience pain with movement of the foot and ankle, which will gradually worsen until the area is properly treated.
Ligament Sprains and Tears
Our specialists often see issues of sprains and tears in the ligaments of the feet in athletes and other active individuals. Sprains typically only require minor intervention, while a partial or full tear can require surgical treatment. It is important to see a SpecOrtho specialist to determine if your pain is caused by a sprain or a tear, to obtain the proper treatment.
Ankle and Foot Fractures
Fractures of the ankle or foot can cause significant and lasting damage which requires careful attention from an orthopaedic specialist.
Problems of the Achilles’ Tendon
As one of the most important structures within the foot, and the largest tendon in the entire body, the Achilles tendon can lead to severe pain if it develops tendonitis, becomes partially torn, or is completely ruptured.
Turf Toe is an injury which occurs when the great toe is “jammed” during sporting or work activities.
Ankle Cartilage Injury
Acute trauma can produce cartilage damage in the ankle. A condition called osteochondritis dissecans also causes damage to the bone and cartilage of the talus.
Bone spurs can occur in the ankle joint from general wear and tear, or from recurrent ankle sprains.
As with other areas of the body, arthritis can be the result of past injuries or normal wear and tear on the joint.
Tendons can tear acutely from trauma, or slowing from normal daily activities.
Instability of the ankle is the result of ankle sprains or fractures.
Courses of Treatment We Typically Recommend
By seeking treatment soon after your symptoms appear, the specialists located at our state-of-art facilities in Fort Mill are able to provide patients with quality care for a wide variety of ankle and foot conditions.
Our office staff utilizes many modern advancements in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures to ensure treatment in the least painful / most effective way possible. Many of the ankle and foot conditions diagnosed at Specortho can be treated using one of the following treatment methods.
An arthroscopic procedure is beneficial to both diagnosing as well as treating conditions of the ankle or foot. Arthroscopic surgery involves making a very small incision, and then inserting a medical grade camera to give a clear view of the internal structures of the ankle; this camera is then utilized to perform surgery through other small incisions using special equipment. Your physician may recommend an arthroscopy of the foot or ankle if you have negative symptoms from one of the following conditions:
- Bone spurs
- Ankle cartilage injury
- Loose bodies
- Severe scars
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery, which uses very small incisions, may be utilized to:
- Fix fractures
- Remove bone spurs
- Repair tendons
- Take care of other conditions