Foot and Ankle Care
Foot & Ankle X-Rays
Fractures and dislocations of the forefoot (metatarsals and phalanges) are usually straightforward to identify, as long as the potentially injured bone is fully visible in 2 planes using X-rays. The contour of the bone cortex of all bones must be checked thoroughly.
Cortisone shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots are most commonly given in joints, such as, your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine, and wrist, as well as the small joints in the hands and feet.
Schlerosing Alcohol injections
Alcohol Injection therapy is a nonsurgical method of decreasing nerve conduction velocities. In other words, a way to decrease nerve impulses (PAIN) which helps to decrease or totally alleviate a patients symptoms and pain. This technique is used mainly for the treatment of painful neuromas without the need for surgery. Alcohol sclerosing therapy has a high rate of success, at nearly 90%, and is covered by insurance. This technique can also be used for chronic Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain). Alcohol sclerosing injections work by helping to calm the nerve so it no longer hurts, decreasing the need of surgery.
Custom Molded Orthotics
Custom molded orthotics are made specifically for each individual patient’s foot. They can be made with plaster molds, standing foot impressions, and with the use of a computer. Orthotics achieve foot comfort by changing the way forces act on the foot, and decreasing pain in the foot.
Ingrown Toenail Procedure
Podiatric Care of an ingrown nail may include use of antibiotics and soaking the foot to prevent or treat an infection of the toe. If there is infection you must keep it clean and get proper treatment to avoid the problem worsening. For a simple ingrown nail sometimes your podiatrist can trim the nail border enabling the nail to grow back straight. More often than not, once there is an issue or problem with an ingrown nail, you will probably have a reoccurrence sometime in your life. For recurrent ingrown nails or fairly severe problems the nail border or the entire nail may need to be removed permanently. This is technically a surgical procedure.
Treatment of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus and usually occur on the bottom of the feet, but can also form on the bottom of the toes or even on the top of the foot. The warts can be painless or can cause pain with walking or pressure on the area. Plantar warts are very common, and can be treated in a variety of ways. Some warts need no treatment at all and will go away by themselves. If the wart is causing pain, treatment can vary from topical treatments to surgical removal.
Minor Office Procedures, including Soft Tissue Mass and Bone, Nail Trims and More
Diabetic foot care
People with diabetes often develop a variety of different foot problems due loss of sensation in the foot or poor circulation to the legs and feet. Decreased or loss of sensation in the foot is called neuropathy. Those with neuropathy and/or poor circulation should inspect their feet daily and be seen by a foot specialist regularly.
Tennessee Foot and Ankle offer a wide variety of quality foot care and a wide selection of diabetic products that are specifically designed to prevent as well as treat diabetic foot problems.
Treatment of Diabetic and Pressure Ulcers
Treatment of Foot and Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain results when the ligaments of the foot are either stretched too far or tear due to the injury. Treatment of an ankle sprain is important to get back to activity quickly.
High Ankle Sprain
A high a sprain is a term used to describe an injury to the ligaments that connect the two bones of the lower leg. The ligament, called a syndesmosis, joins the bones together and runs from the knee to the ankle. In a high ankle sprain, the syndesmosis is injured.
Treatment of Foot and Ankle Breaks
When a broken ankle occurs, the injury may be to the end of the tibia (the medial malleolus) or to the fibula (the lateral malleolus), or both. There are many different type of ankle fractures. Every ankle fracture MUST be treated individually. It is important to seek medical treatment to discuss treatment options. If an ankle fracture is suspected you should see Tennessee Foot and ankle where X-rays can be done to determine the extent of the injury.
Achilles Tendonitis & Rupture
Achilles tendon injuries can cause pain behind the heel and difficulty walking. Some Achilles conditions are the result of an acute injury, while others come from chronic overuse. Learn about different problems of the Achilles tendon, and what treatments can help relieve your symptoms. Surgery and non-surgical treatments are available to patients who have sustained an Achilles tendon injury or rupture.
A heel spur is a condition that is closely related to plantar fasciitis. A heel spur is a hook of bone that forms where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is due to irritation and inflammation of the tight tissue that forms the arch of the foot. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are heel pain with prolonged walking and standing.
Treatment of bunions, hammertoes and other foot deformities (charcot deformity)
Bunions – A bunion is a prominence on the inner side of the foot at the base of the big toe. The bunion usually forms because of the alignment of the bones of the forefoot. This causes pressure and prominence of the base of the big toe. Irritation of the soft tissues surrounding this part of the foot causes further swelling and pain. Bunions can be non-surgically treated. When simple treatment is not effective for relief of symptoms, a surgical procedure may be recommended. The surgery performed for the treatment of a bunion is aimed at realigning the broken bone so the bunion will not return.
Hammertoe – The big toe may eventually come to lie over, or more commonly under, the second toe. This may cause further irritation while wearing shoes causing more pain. The second toe of patients who have bunions commonly forms a hammertoe.
Treatment of Skin Deformities
Tinea Pedis, Cellulitis, Soft Tissue Infections.