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Foot and ankle surgery is a sub-specialty of orthopedic care performed by orthopedic surgeons or podiatrists who specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with serious conditions or injuries of the foot and ankle. As one of the most complex parts of the body’s musculoskeletal system, the foot and ankle is comprised of numerous bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, which is why injuries to these structures can cause considerable and chronic pain, as well as instability and difficulty bearing weight, walking, and living an independent and active life.

At Hoag Orthopedic Institute, our foot and ankle surgeons are among the top in their field, and leverage their expertise with state-of-the art facilities, advanced technology and techniques, and the experience of specialized nurses, technicians, physical therapists, and sports medicine doctors solely dedicated to orthopedic health when treating patients. Through a comprehensive and patient-specific approach to health care, we are able to effectively treat a range of foot and ankle conditions using surgical treatments, including minimally invasive techniques.

Foot & Ankle Surgery

Whether pain, instability, and a decrease in movement or activity result from foot or ankle injuries or conditions resulting from arthritis, deformity, and other disorders, surgery typically becomes an option when issues are severe or non-surgical approaches have failed to reduce pain and restore function.

Surgical approaches may vary depending on the part of the ankle or foot affected, the severity of a condition, and other factors. However, they generally involve the repair of bones or soft tissues, including tendons and ligaments, which must be stabilized, reconstructed, or replaced. Some surgeries may be performed at one of our outpatient surgery centers, or require brief hospitalization in state-of-the-art operating rooms at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine. These can include:

  • Arthroscopic SurgeryArthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows surgeons to treat a number of painful foot and ankle conditions, including fractures, tears, tendonitis, and issues resulting from arthritis and past injuries. During the procedure, a small arthroscope (camera) is used to guide medical instruments inserted through tiny incisions in the foot or ankle, allowing surgeons to repair or reconstruct bones, ligaments, and other musculoskeletal structures. Because these incisions are much smaller than those used in standard open surgeries, patients may benefit from faster recoveries and less pain.
  • Ligament Reconstruction – When ligaments of the foot or ankle are injured and cause instability, reconstruction surgery may be required. Ligament reconstruction may consist of repairing ligaments that have been stretched or torn by sewing them together or reattaching them to the bone with stiches. It may also involve the use of a tendon to replace a damaged ligament, reinforce the ankle, and provide stability. Common ligament procedures include lateral ligament repair, peroneus brevis tendon rerouting, peroneus brevis tendon loop, and peroneus brevis tendon split and rerouting.
  • Ankle Replacement Surgery – Total ankle replacement surgery, or total ankle arthroplasty, is a procedure commonly used to treat chronic pain and decreased function as a result of arthritis, often as an alternative to arthrodesis (ankle fusion). It involves replacing structures of the ankle through incisions made in the front or side of the ankle with medical grade metal and plastic components that recreate the joint, sometimes in addition to lengthening of the Achilles tendon.

Learn More About Surgery Options with our Renowned Foot & Ankle Experts

Hoag Orthopedic Institute continually procures and implements the most advanced operating room equipment, including state-of-the-art technology for arthroscopic foot or ankle surgery, to help deliver the best possible experience for our patients. Our team is highly trained, experienced, and specializes in surgical techniques and treatments that provide relief, restore movement, and help patients return to a health and active life.

From minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to total ankle replacement, Hoag Orthopedic Institute is equipped with advanced tools, techniques, and experienced foot and ankle specialists to provide comprehensive care during all stages from diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating patients.

Learn more about surgical options for foot and ankle conditions by calling (949) 705-6493 or using our online physician directory to find a foot or ankle surgeon.

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