By the time you reach age 50, did you know you’ve likely walked around 75,000 miles? The foot and ankle are instrumental in your overall health and well-being, and they require expert care. Any level of pain can limit your movement, and some conditions can damage your feet and affect other parts of the body if not treated properly. The foot and ankle surgeons at Elite Specialty Care diagnose and coordinate treatment for adult foot and ankle conditions, including sprains, fractures, arthritis, tendonitis, and bunions. We use a multidisciplinary approach that involves the collaboration of experts in various specialties in addition to foot and ankle surgery, including orthopedics and pain management. This allows us to build personalized, comprehensive treatment plans to ensure that you are able to return with as much range of motion and function as possible.
Diabetic wound care at Elite Specialty Care involves the prevention and management of wounds that are a result of complications from diabetes, like neuropathy or poor circulation. These wounds usually develop in the form of an ulcer on the foot, heel, or toe. The goal of treatment is for the wound to begin healing as soon as possible; the faster the wound starts to heal, the less risk of infection and further complications. First, a foot and ankle specialist will debride the area by removing dead skin, dress the wound, and advise you on how to care for the wound to reduce pressure and prevent recurrence. If the wound does not improve with conservative treatment, your doctor may use a skin graft to close the wound and help it heal. Additional surgical options are available to address the underlying cause of the ulcer and prevent it from coming back.
While the foot and ankle surgeons at Elite Specialty Care provide expert surgical intervention when needed, we will often recommend non-surgical techniques first. Our pain management specialists recognize both the complex nature of pain as well as the complex nature of foot and ankle injuries, and build customized solutions to relieve pain, help you regain mobility and function, and prevent future injury. Your treatment may include bracing, custom orthotics, or joint injections to reduce pain and inflammation, among other non-invasive modalities. We also utilize regenerative medicine, including PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy and BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate), which work both alone as a treatment option and following surgery by stimulating bone growth throughout the healing process.
Typically, surgery may be considered if an injury requires a repair or replacement, or after conservative treatment fails to provide adequate pain relief. When a patient is ready to move to surgery, we offer a spectrum of surgical solutions for the foot and ankle. Depending on the injury or condition, the goal of surgery may be to realign broken bones, fuse bones or joints, or repair a torn ligament. For cases with severe damage, we perform total ankle replacement and reconstruction. In these cases, we utilize minimally-invasive techniques such as ankle arthroplasty, which involves just a tiny incision for your surgeon to visualize the entire ankle, diagnose the problem, and decide what type of surgical intervention needs to be done.
The foot and ankle are the most frequently injured parts of the body, especially for athletes. While essential to a healthy lifestyle, injury is an unfortunate reality of regular exercise and participating in sports. When injuries to the foot and ankle happen, they can be persistent, as it’s especially difficult to give this part of the body time to rest and recover. Our foot and ankle surgeons specialize in sports medicine, treating both acute injuries like ankle sprains and achilles ruptures, to chronic injuries that develop over time, like tendonitis and stress fractures. Following any type of injury or pain, it is important to see a doctor, as leaving a sports injury untreated, especially one involving the foot and ankle, can result in more severe symptoms and long-term effects. Your treatment may involve a combination of non-surgical and surgical intervention.