Foot & Ankle Care
Pain in your foot or ankle affects your ability to walk, run or stand. A number of issues can cause foot and ankle pain, including sports injuries, arthritis, and fractures, sprains or other injuries.
If foot and ankle pain is affecting your ability to participate in your favorite activities or perform everyday tasks, the specialists at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic can help. In addition to delivering a fast, accurate diagnosis, we offer the most effective treatment options to help you return to an active, pain-free life – as safely and quickly as possible.
Whether you are suffering from chronic foot and ankle pain or an acute injury, the specialists at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic can provide expert, multidisciplinary foot and ankle care for a range of conditions, including:
Your feet and ankles contain a complex network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. To find the source of your pain or injury, our specialists will take the time to conduct a thorough examination.
In addition to discussing your symptoms and history of foot and ankle problems, our specialists will ask you questions about your lifestyle, including what sports you play and what type of work you do, to try to determine the cause of your foot and ankle pain. To ensure the most accurate diagnosis, our specialists may also order imaging tests, including:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of your bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, soft tissues and other body structures.
- X-ray. X-ray is a quick and painless imaging procedure that creates digital pictures of your bones, soft tissue and other body structures. It is typically used to diagnose broken bones and other causes of pain.
- Ultrasound. Ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves and their echoes to create detailed images of soft tissue and other body parts.
After delivering an accurate diagnosis, our skilled specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Our specialists offer a range of surgical and nonsurgical treatment options as well as partial or total ankle replacement.
Nonsurgical treatment options for your foot and ankle condition may include:
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy uses a combination of special exercises, massage, heat and icing, ultrasound, or electric stimulation to help you regain and/or increase strength, mobility and function.
- Occupational therapy. Special foot and ankle exercises and movement techniques will help you improve function and perform normal daily activities.
- Taping, casting or splinting. Taping, casting or splinting can help keep your foot and ankle in the correct position to ensure proper healing after injury.
- Orthotics. Custom foot and ankle supports, such as foot pads, shoe inserts and ankle braces, can be used to correct foot and ankle problems.
- Injections. Injections directly into the affected area of your foot or ankle can help reduce pain and swelling.
- Medications. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medicines to relieve pain and swelling.
If your condition is severe or if nonsurgical treatments do not provide the relief you need, foot and ankle surgery may be the best option for you. Our board-certified surgeons are experienced in using the latest minimally invasive, or arthroscopic, techniques to treat a range of foot and ankle conditions.
Arthroscopic surgery involves making a small incision near the affected area and inserting a small camera mounted on a thin, flexible tube to see inside the joint. Small surgical tools are inserted through other incisions and the entire operation is broadcast on a television screen to help your surgeon guide the instruments. We perform the following surgical procedures:
- Fracture repair. During fracture repair surgery, bone fragments are moved into their normal positions and are held together with screws, metal plates and rods.
- Achilles tendon injury repair. To repair an Achilles tendon injury, your surgeon will use stitches to reconnect the two ends of the ruptured tendon.
- Articular cartilage removal or repair. Removal or repair of damaged articular cartilage tissue can be used to treat arthritis.
- Arthrodesis. Arthrodesis permanently fuses the bones of a joint together using pins, plates, screws and rods, making one bone out of two or more bones. This procedure is used to treat severe arthritis in the foot or ankle.
- Plantar fascia release. Used to treat severe cases of plantar fasciitis after nonsurgical treatments have failed, your doctor will partially cut the plantar fascia ligament and remove any bone spurs.