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Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Treatment Plano TX

Did you know that nearly 25 percent of all the bones in your body are in your feet? The feet and ankles have a big job to do. And whenever you experience a broken toe, sprained ankle, plantar fasciitis, or arthritis of the foot, you want quality medical care to help you get back on your feet. Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center participating physicians offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options to address foot and ankle problems.

Symptoms of Foot & Ankle Problems

The symptoms of various foot and ankle problems can range from minor discomfort to acute pain. In addition to a physical exam and diagnostic tests, your physician may ask questions such as these to help diagnose your condition:

  • Which part of your foot or ankle is affected?
  • Did the pain begin suddenly or gradually?
  • How long ago did it begin?
  • Are both feet or ankles affected?
  • Does the pain seem to move from place to place, or is it always in the same spot?
  • Does anything make the pain worse or better?
  • Is the pain worse at night or first thing in the morning?

Treatment of Foot & Ankle Problems

Depending on the diagnosis, treatments for foot and ankle problems can include surgical or nonsurgical options — or a combination of the two. Some common orthopedic conditions and treatments include:

  • Ankle fracture — cast; keeping weight off the ankle; possible surgery if pins, screws or plates are needed
  • Ankle sprain — keeping weight off the ankle; applying cold compresses; taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Arthritis — prescription medication; gentle exercise; ankle fusion or ankle replacement surgery for severe cases
  • Bunion — bunionectomy surgery to correct a deformity that develops as a bony prominence beside the big toe or little toe and causes pain when walking and/or wearing shoes
  • Damaged cartilage — osteochondral cartilage transfer from patient’s own healthy cartilage; can usually be done athroscopically
  • Flat feet — reconstructive surgery to correct angular deformities
  • Hammertoes — surgery to lengthen the tendon and remove a segment of bone to straighten the toe
  • Lateral ankle instability — surgery to reroute a healthy tendon to compensate for one on the outside (lateral) of the ankle that has been damaged by one or more sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis — anti-inflammatory medications; heel-stretching exercises; rest; ice; night splints or cast; surgery in some cases
  • Stress fracture — rest; protective footwear; cast; surgery in some cases
  • Torn tendon — surgery to reattach, reconstruct, or replace damaged ankle tendons