It can be frustrating when it feels like you’ve done everything you can to heal your ankle, and nothing you do seems to be bringing the improvement necessary for a full recovery. When your ankle has structural abnormalities that can’t be fixed by nonsurgical methods, board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Rambacher can offer another solution, reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rambacher at Podiatry Hotline Foot & Ankle in Mission Viejo, California can give you and your ankle a new lease on life with specialized reconstructive surgery. Discover more about how getting ankle reconstructive surgery can bring your ankle to a new stage of complete healing.
Understanding ankle reconstructive surgery
Reconstructive surgery is a surgical procedure that fixes any structural problems that appear in your ankle. Getting reconstructive surgery can realign connective tissue or bones that are out of place or fix severe damage that’s occurred and caused structural abnormalities in your ankle.
If you have experienced serious ankle trauma or have a condition like tarsal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, rheumatoid arthritis, or Charcot deformity that hasn’t been responsive to other treatment, our team might recommend reconstructive surgery to restore your ankle. Our podiatrists always recommend the most minimally invasive surgical procedure available to ensure reduced recovery time and pain.
Why get reconstructive surgery on your ankle?
You might be a good reconstructive surgery candidate if you have a condition that isn’t responsive to nonsurgical methods of treatment. Before recommending surgery, our podiatrists first assess or attempt less invasive solutions, including medical-grade custom orthotics, braces, and different shoes.
Reconstructive surgery might also be the perfect solution for you if your ankle or foot injury is significantly impeding your quality of life. If you are in severe pain or find you have difficulty walking or doing activities you used to enjoy, reconstructive surgery can restore your mobility and free you of chronic pain.
Types of ankle reconstructive surgeries
Our podiatrists perform several different reconstructive surgeries, with the surgery you need depending on the type of ankle injury you have. These are some of the surgical solutions our team might recommend to you.
Shifting of bones
Flat feet, arthritis, and other conditions can cause your bones to move into the wrong places. Reconstructive surgery repositions your bones back into their proper location
Your Achilles tendon can become contracted from chronic tendinitis and additional foot or ankle problems. Out podiatrists create tiny cuts in your tendon during reconstructive surgery, which aids it in stretching out to its former capacities.
Rheumatoid arthritis, flat feet, and injuries can weaken your joints. To strengthen them, our podiatrists use reconstructive techniques to reinforce those joints using plates and screws.
Your ligaments can become weak and loose as a result of chronic or severe strains or some foot conditions. Ankle reconstructive surgery re-tightens these ligaments to how they were before your injury.
External fixation is a technique used by our podiatrists to keep your foot stable while you’re recovering from some ankle reconstructive surgeries. Our podiatrists attach your foot to an external form of support using bolts or wires.
If you have a foot or ankle abnormality that isn’t responding to more conservative approaches, reconstructive surgery might be right for you. To schedule a consultation, schedule an appointment online or by phone at Podiatry Hotline Foot & Ankle today.