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Foot and ankle pain or injury can interrupt even the most basic everyday activities. At Saint Francis, we provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for foot and ankle injuries or structural conditions. Our skilled foot and ankle specialists are dedicated to providing each person with exceptional individualized care to get them back on their feet—and back to doing the things they enjoy - quickly and safely.
Our skilled podiatry team includes podiatric surgeons and specialists, and physical therapists work together to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle injuries and structural conditions that affect their function.To schedule an appointment, please call the Center for Sports Medicine at 415.353.6400 or you can request an appointment online.
The specialists at Saint Francis care for individuals with a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. These are some of the common conditions we treat.
Ankle pain – may be caused by stress fractures, tendonitis, synovitis, ankle sprains, or foot dysfunction.
Ankle sprains/instability – an injury to one or more ankle ligaments resulting from a sudden twist or fall that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position.
Bunions – an enlargement of the big-toe joint, a condition that typically becomes more prominent, arthritic, and painful with age and usually are worsened by abnormal foot formation (e.g., flat feet).
Flat feet and high arches – these conditions contribute to chronic foot and ankle problems and are often treated using an orthotic (custom-made shoe insert).
Hammertoes – toe contractures which often cause painful calluses or corns that tend to worsen over time.
Metatarsalgia – a pain in the ball of the foot, commonly caused by a neuroma. This is a non-cancerous growth causing inflammation of a nerve between the toes or the ball of the foot. Torn ligaments and abnormal friction on the ball of the foot may also be a cause of forefoot pain.
Pediatric or adolescent foot pain – ongoing foot pain is not always related to “growing pain,” but is often related to mechanical, mal-alignment or strength deficits. Growth plate problems are usually outgrown.
Plantar fasciitis and heel pain – most commonly caused by inflammation of the ligament of the arch that attaches to the heel bone.
Tendon injuries –
The foot and ankle surgeons at Saint Francis are board-certified foot and ankle experts. These are some of our common surgical procedures.
Ankle arthroscopy – is a minimally invasive procedure of the ankle joint. Arthroscopy is a very useful surgery used to "clean up" a joint, to explore a joint for diagnostic purposes, and also can be performed to delay a more extensive ankle surgery.
Bunion surgery –
Flat foot reconstruction – considered only after orthotics have failed to relieve pain and restore function. The goal is to improve foot alignment allowing for more normal pressures during standing and walking.
Hammertoe surgery – an option for straightening a contracted toe.
Lateral ankle stabilization surgery – repair or reconstruction of the damaged ligament(s) to stabilize the ankle.
Orthotics — custom-made foot supports (shoe inserts) often can alleviate pain caused by flat feet, neuroma, plantar fasciitis, or other orthopedic conditions.
Injections — various injected medication can be used for plantar fasciitis, neuromas, treating an inflamed joint, or injuries.
Injured/damaged ankle tendons repair/reconstruction –
If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, talk to your doctor or make an appointment with one of our foot and ankle specialists.
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