Foot & Ankle Specialist

Congress Orthopaedic Associates -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Congress Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

Foot and ankle injuries are quite common among athletes and those suffering from injuries that resulted from accidents or wear-and-tear. At Congress Orthopaedic Associates in Pasadena and Arcadia, California, a team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons provides full-scale foot and ankle care under one roof. Call the office nearest you or click the online scheduling feature now.

Foot & Ankle Q & A

What are the most common foot and ankle problems?

Dozens of different foot and ankle problems can cause pain, stiffness, instability, and poor mobility. Some of the most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Loose bodies - loose cartilage
  • Ligament injuries - ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendon injuries - tendinitis and tendon rupture
  • Fractures
  • Joint dislocations
  • Ankle instability
  • Plantar fasciitis

Most foot and ankle problems develop because of trauma, age-related degeneration, or structural abnormalities. In some cases, a combination of factors may contribute. For example, muscle mass and bone density decline in older adults, which can, in turn, increase the likelihood of foot and ankle injuries.

How are foot and ankle problems diagnosed?

Congress Orthopaedic Associates specialists perform a thorough foot and ankle exam, which is usually followed by X-rays. You may need a biomechanical motion analysis, nerve conduction test, or other types of testing to check for issues that led to your foot or ankle problem. 

In some cases, you may also need imaging tests in the on-site MRI center. Although MRI offers excellent and highly detailed views of your foot and ankle, in some cases, there's no clear reason for ankle pain. 

In that situation, you may need a minimally invasive procedure, ankle arthroscopy, to identify the exact problem in your ankle joint.  

What is ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is a procedure to diagnose and treat ankle joint issues like arthritis, loose bodies, fractures, and instability. 

This procedure normally requires just two tiny openings in your skin. An arthroscope, a thin tube with a camera, sends live images to a monitor where your surgeon views the joint up close. In this way, they can diagnose problems accurately, including extent and location of the damage.

In many cases, treatment immediately follows diagnosis. Thin surgical instruments fit through the second skin opening, allowing for complete treatment without major incisions. 

When might I need foot and ankle surgery?

If conservative treatments, including support braces, physical therapy, medication, and injections, aren't successful, or if you have a bone deformity, you may need foot or ankle surgery. 

The Congress Orthopaedic Associates surgeons use a minimally invasive approach, such as ankle arthroscopy or other small-incision procedures, whenever possible. This allows for less pain, reduced infection risk, and faster recovery. 

The premier surgical specialists at Congress Orthopaedic Associates offer all-encompassing foot and ankle care, so reach out for help by phone or with the provided link now.