What conditions do we treat at the foot and ankle unit?
Major foot deformity
Ankle and foot arthritis
Soft tissue problems
There are lots of tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle, and they work hard as they have to support your body weight. Ligaments hold the bones together and maintain the shape and stability of the foot and ankle. Ankle sprains are the most common injury seen in the A & E Department, and most people have gone over on their ankle at some time. Sprains are mostly minor, but sometimes they are more serious than a broken ankle. Most injuries settle on their own, or with physiotherapy: our specialist physiotherapist sees lots of people and arranges physiotherapy if required. It is only very occasionally that surgery is needed, and may not involve repairing the ligament.
Tendons make the foot move. Like ropes, tendons can wear, but unlike ropes they can be helped to heal themselves. Sometimes an operation is needed to repair the tendon, but usually only after other treatments have failed.