South Shore Orthopedics is pleased to provide treatment for a full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries and disorders. Our fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons have years of experience helping adult and pediatric patients with injuries affecting the foot or ankle regain mobility and get pain relief.
Common Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders
There are a variety of foot and ankle injuries and disorders that can interrupt a patient’s day-to-day activities. Whether the condition limits the patient’s mobility or causes pain that gets in the way of everyday tasks, a foot or ankle injury can decrease quality of life. That’s why we are proud to have orthopedic surgeons on our team who specialize in treating foot and ankle conditions.
Foot & Ankle Deformity
Traumatic foot and ankle injuries or congenital conditions may lead to foot and ankle deformities that change the shape and function of the foot or ankle.
- Hammer Toe
- Heel Spurs
Tendinopathy (or tendonitis) refers to inflammation caused by injury to the tendons in the foot and ankle. These are often overuse injuries and can be common sports injuries. Other causes of tendinopathy in the foot and ankle include trauma, abnormal foot structure (deformity), and certain medical conditions like gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Flexor tendonitis
- Extensor Tendonitis
Sports and Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can be caused by many activities and are a common type of sports injury. If not cared for, these injuries won’t heal properly and can lead to long-term damage. Soft tissue injuries can be caused by overuse or by trauma.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Ankle Instability
Arthritis is joint inflammation and it is a common cause of joint pain in many parts of the body, and it can affect the feet and ankles. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but the foot and ankle are most commonly affected by three types:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Posttraumatic arthritis
Some ankle and foot disorders are related to neurological conditions. These conditions cause nerve pain in the foot and ankle.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Dorsal cuneiform neuritis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Fractures and Traumatic Injuries
Fractures and broken bones in the foot and ankle can be caused by trauma, overuse, and conditions like osteoporosis. There are several types of fractures that can affect the foot or ankle that may require an advanced treatment plan.
- Ankle fracture
- Lateral malleolus fracture
- Bimalleolar fracture
- Trimalleolar fracture
- Pilon fracture
- Heel bone fracture
- Metatarsal fracture
- Toe fractures
- Stress fractures
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Treatment Options
The treatment prescribed for foot or ankle injuries and disorders depends on the specific condition. Your orthopedic doctor may specialize in surgery, but they will go through all the non-surgical treatment options before recommending surgery.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Foot & Ankle Conditions
The first step is generally resting the affected foot and applying ice. Medication to relieve pain may also be prescribed. Other treatment options that are often considered before surgery include physical therapy, splinting, or injections.
- Rest & Ice
- Physical Therapy
- Splints and Orthotics
- Cortisone Injections
Types of Foot & Ankle Surgery
If physical therapy, splinting, orthotics, or other non-surgical treatments don’t alleviate pain and restore mobility, then foot and ankle surgery may be recommended. There are several types of surgery that can help patients with foot or ankle injuries and disorders.
- Flatfoot reconstruction surgery
- Hindfoot fusion surgery
- Bunion Surgery
- Ankle Replacement
- Ankle Fusion
- Removal of neuroma
- Hammertoe Surgery
- Ankle Arthroscopy
- Cartilage restoration
- Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction
- Achilles Tendon Surgery
- Peroneal Tendon Surgery
- Dislocation and Fracture Treatment
Talk to a Foot and Ankle Specialist at South Shore Orthopedics
If you are suffering from a foot or ankle condition that has hindered the quality of your life, it’s time to schedule an appointment at South Shore Orthopedics in Hingham today. We are proud to have Dr. Casey Kuripla join our team to work with patients experiencing foot and ankle issues. Dr. Kuripla is fellowship-trained and board-certified in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Care and can work with you to create a treatment plan that works for you. Call us at (781) 337-5555 or complete our contact form to learn more.