FOOT & ANKLE SPECIALIST
Perhaps not surprisingly, most foot and ankle issues result from a deformity or functional abnormality.
Deformities of the foot or ankle can be present at birth in some people. In others, deformities can come on suddenly as the result of a traumatic injury, or they can develop over time, as is the case with bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis. When pain or other symptoms do not accompany the deformity, no treatment may be necessary. However, when there is pain, gait or balance issues, or significant limb-length discrepancies, correctional procedures may be indicated to relieve the symptoms and reduce the risk of further damage or long-term problems. Book an appointment with the leading foot and ankle specialist in Orange County to explore the best options for your needs.
Foot & Ankle Deformity Treatment
From person to person, your foot is as unique as you are. Some are big, some are small, some are narrow, and some are wide. The list of each foot’s distinguishing features is endless. The great news is that every joint in the foot and ankle should allow for specific and pain-free movement – even if it doesn’t feel that way now. We believe the treatment for what ails your feet should be as precisely tailored to your specific circumstances and foot characteristics as possible. While we don’t take a “one size fits all” approach to treating foot and ankle deformities, some procedures stand out in successfully correcting these issues and restoring our patients to the foot health they deserve.
External Fixation: External fixation may be necessary in foot and ankle deformities where skin or muscles are also injured. External fixation involves stabilizing and setting bones in their proper position from outside the body. In these treatments, our Orange County foot and ankle specialists’ will make minor incisions in the skin and insert pins and screws connected to a bar on the external surface of the skin. In many cases, external fixation can be a useful temporary solution while a patient prepares for a more permanent surgery to fix the problem internally.
Internal Fixation: Internal fixation involves surgery to stabilize and heal or “set” broken bones (a broken ankle, for example) from the “inside.” In many cases, internal fixation is achieved through the surgical placement of implants, screws, or plates made of solid and body-compatible metals like titanium or steel and designed to hold the two fractured pieces of bone together.
Limb Lengthening: As its name would suggest, a limb lengthening procedure is indicated when a foot or ankle deformity may have resulted in a limb length discrepancy. Limb lengthening can be performed either as an external fixation procedure (a device that attaches to the bone via pins or wires) or an internal fixation procedure (through the use of special internally placed lengthening nails.)
If you or someone you know is looking for a foot and ankle specialist in Orange County, contact us today. With a breadth of experience in treating foot and ankle deformities, Dr. Haupt and his expert team are here to help.