Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery
Podiatrists and Corona Regional Medical Center diagnose, treat and prevent foot and ankle injuries. The pediatric staff recognizes the importance of the health and wellness of the foot and ankle, as well as how problems in either area can impact daily activities, so their goal is to return patients to pain-free mobility and better overall podiatric health.
Foot and Ankle Surgery
The foot and ankle services of the Podiatry Department diagnoses and treats problems of the foot and ankle, with an emphasis on adult reconstruction and revision surgery, traumatic and post-traumatic problems, congenital and developmental disease, bunions, hammertoes, ligament fractures and other trauma of the ankle and leg and deformities, including:
- Ankle fractures, arthritis, instability, deformities
- Diabetic foot evaluation and care (bracing, fusion, amputation, etc.)
- Forefoot abnormalities, deformities, or painful conditions
- Midfoot and hindfoot deformities (cogenital, developmental or arthritic)
- Non-united fractures (grafts, internal fixation, electrical stimulation)
- Reconstruction of traumatic, developmental or congenital deformities
- Tendon and ligament problems (traumatic or degenerative)
Common Podiatric Procedures
Ankle Arthroscopy — Minimally invasive surgery using small incisions to gain access to the ankle joint.
Ankle Ligament Reconstruction — A surgical procedure to tighten ligaments in the ankle that have become stretched or loosened as a result of injuries.
Bunion/Bunionectomy — A bunion is a large lump on the side of the big toe that is a result of alignment changes in the bones of the front part of the foot. The procedure to correct this involves making an incision in the top of the big toe joint to allow for the realignment and removal of bone that has become enlarged in order to restore alignment and relieve pain. If the big toe joint is severely deformed, the podiatrist may use tiny screws and/or plates to stabilize the joint.
Excision of Neuroma — Also known as Morton's Neuroma, this is a growth that develops as the result of a pinched nerve. This is typically found between the third and fourth toes. The condition causes constant pain and swelling. Surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the nerve or to remove it altogether.
Hammertoe — A contracted or "crooked" toe which results from previous trauma such as a broken toe or an imbalance in the muscles or tendons. The condition can also be hereditary.
Hammertoe Correction — This typically includes the release of the contracted joint followed by stabilization with a pin and tendon rebalancing.