Foot and Ankle Surgery
Your feet take you everywhere, so it's important for them to be healthy. Foot and ankle problems can be the result of injury, nerve damage, arthritis, poor blood circulation, diabetes and infection. If you or your child is having foot or ankle problems, seek expert care.
Cody Fox, DPM, FACFAS, specializes in the diagnosis of general medical problems of the foot and ankle, as well as the surgical management of foot and ankle diseases, deformities and trauma. He cares for both adults and pediatric patients.
An ankle sprain is a common injury. Unfortunately, many people believe that because nothing is broken, no treatment is necessary or even available. In reality, treatment is crucial to avoid chronic ankle instability. When you sprain your ankle, the ligament, or tissue, connecting the bones is overstretched or torn. Without proper care, a damaged ligament is not likely to heal fully, which is why you continue to struggle with your ankle turning. Treatments range from physical therapy and bracing to surgical procedures that repair or reconstruct the damaged ligaments.
Bunions result from too much pressure on the big toe’s base joint. The pressure can be from certain foot shapes, such as flatfoot, or from wearing shoes that either squeeze the toes together or shift weight to the toes, forcing the big toe to slant inward. Treatment ranges from protective pads to injections of medicine to surgery, including Lapiplasty®.
Feet have arches to help them absorb shock. A fallen arch stresses the foot and can cause pain. It also might throw off leg alignment and cause problems in the ankles and knees. For adults, treatment usually begins with nonsurgical options — such as stretching, choosing different footwear and using arch supports. If these do not bring relief, flatfoot reconstruction surgery may be needed. Surgery also may be required for some pediatric patients with flatfeet.
Hammertoes usually affect the second toe and occur when a muscle and ligament imbalance forces the middle toe joint into a bent position. Hammertoes is typically caused by an abnormal balance of the toe muscles, such as from trauma or narrow, pointed shoes. Treatment ranges from custom shoe inserts to surgery.
Lake Regional Foot and Ankle Surgery provides comprehensive sports medicine care that gets athletes back in the game. Conditions treated include:
- Athlete's Foot
- Ankle sprain or trauma
- Pediatric foot and ankle injuries and disorders
- Turf toe
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle and calcaneus (heel bone) fractures
- Athlete's foot
- Bone tumors
- Complications of diabetes
- Congenital deformities
- Corns and calluses
- Fractures and sprains
- Heel pain and heel spurs
- Ingrown toenails
- Pediatric foot and ankle injuries and disorders
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar warts
- Toenail fungus
- Skin problems, including cancer
Surgery and Treatments
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure and is typically an outpatient service. This procedure uses special cameras and equipment to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside the ankle. The cuts usually heal in several days. The joint itself may take several weeks to fully recover. Benefits of arthroscopy include less scarring, reduced hospital time, and quicker healing and rehabilitation.
Bunions are more than a bump; they are complex deformities caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot. White traditional osteotomy surgery merely cuts and shifts the bone to address the cosmetic bump, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ corrects the root cause of the bunion, which is an unstable joint. Lapiplasty® fully repositions the bone in all three dimensions –– sideways, vertically and rotationally –– for better results, including a quicker healing time. The results also last better than traditional surgery: 97% of Lapiplasty® patients maintained their 3D bunion correction at 13 months.
Total Ankle Replacement
Total ankle replacement is an option for arthritic ankle pain when bracing and pain medication fail to bring relief. This operation involves placing components to recreate the ankle joint. Unlike ankle fusion, total ankle replacement preserves ankle motion. This protects the surrounding joints from increased wear and worsening arthritis. It also enables more natural foot movements.
Additional Available Treatments:
- Nail care
- Custom orthotics
- Physical therapy
Additional Surgery Options:
- Achilles tendon repair
- Flat foot reconstruction
- Foot and ankle fusions
- Fracture repair
- High arch reconstruction
Dr. Fox is a member of the Lake Regional Sports Medicine team. His care for athletes with foot and ankle injuries helps get them back in the game as soon as possible.
Patients with hard-to-heal wounds may benefit from treatment at Lake Regional Wound Healing Center.
Lake Regional Foot and Ankle Surgery is located on the second floor of Lake Regional Imaging Center.