Foot and ankle
Each foot and ankle contains 28 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Although strong, your foot and ankle work together under considerable weight and pressure and can therefore be prone to a number of painful problems and injuries. This can range from breaks, fractures, strains and sprains to tendon issues, bone malformations and conditions such as arthritis.
Our expert team of renowned orthopaedic specialists, foot and ankle surgeons, physiotherapists and podiatrists can help with comprehensive treatment for all kinds of foot and ankle injuries from a straightforward bunion correction to the most complex reconstructive surgery after a trauma. In order to offer you a fast and accurate diagnosis, we have access to the very latest diagnostic imaging facilities, which may include MRI, ultrasound or conventional x-ray.
After a diagnosis has been made, our orthopaedic specialists can suggest what further steps may need to be taken. This may be a non-invasive treatment or a minimally invasive procedure, such as ligament repairs, complex ankle surgeries, Achilles tendon repair and reconstruction surgery. Our team also includes highly trained musculoskeletal physiotherapists who can help you get back to an optimum level of fitness in as quick a time as possible.
We also offer a dedicated Heel Pain Clinic for patients with long-term heel pain, or ‘plantar fasciitis’.
What causes ankle pain?
Although ankle injuries such as sprains or breaks/fractures are the commonest cause of pain, there are also a number of other conditions which lead to severe discomfort in this joint. These are ankle arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and septic arthritis.
Treatments for ankle pain are varied and can include ankle arthroscopy, ankle replacement, ankle fusion and lower limb peripheral nerve blocks.
Sprains can take some time to heal and severely damaged ligaments may cause lasting instability. Physiotherapy can help and ligament reconstruction is also an option in some cases.
Rest, ice and a professionally applied bandage can help with ankle instability and pain, although if symptoms persist for more than three or four days you should visit your doctor.
A plaster cast is used to treat simple fractures. It is normally left on for between six and eight weeks. After four weeks it is sometimes changed to a removable version or a special boot. Surgery is needed to treat badly fractured ankles to realign and fix the bone. Metalwork including wires, plates and screws are normally used and these are rarely removed.
It can take around 12 weeks to recover but this will depend on the severity of the injury – it can take much longer.
*Please note that you will need a GP referral letter to be able to use most of our services.
Foot and ankle Consultants