Experts in the diagnosis and treatment foot and ankle conditions
You may have pain in the heel, toes, arch, instep, bottom of the foot (sole), or ankle. The pain might be in a bone, joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon. It might even be difficult for you to know exactly where the pain is. The foot itself is very complex, with 26 bones, connected by numerous muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As you might imagine, even a normal or uninjured foot is subject to stress every day.
As experts in the diagnosis and treatment foot and ankle conditions, we know that pain in the foot or ankle can quickly interfere with your ability to go on about your daily life. Whether your injury is acute (short-term), such as a sprained ankle or you are having pain from a chronic (long-term) disease, we have the expertise to help you. As a patient, you will be under the care of a physician who has advanced training in diseases and conditions of the foot and ankle.
Your pain began following an injury, trauma, or if you cannot put weight on it
You have redness or swelling
You have tried treating it at home and it has not gotten better after 1 -2 weeks
What to Expect When You Visit
To start with, your doctor will assess your problem. He or she will take a thorough history, do a complete examination, and most likely order X-rays. Based on this information, your doctor may order further imaging studies, such as a CT scan, an MRI, or an ultrasound. Your physician will use that information to design a treatment plan. Our focus is on taking a team approach to treatment. As a patient ofHackensack University Medical Center, your treatment plan may include other Hackensack University Medical Center specialists in fields such as radiology, neurology, sports medicine, plastic surgery, rheumatology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our physicians will also consult with your referring physician.
What If Your Doctor Recommends Surgery?
Our first choice is always to treat without surgery. If we can treat you effectively without it, we will. But sometimes, surgery is necessary. If you have a severe issue, or you have already had surgery and have not had a good outcome, we will discuss the various options for surgery with you and help you decide which one is best for you.
We perform hundreds of foot and ankle surgeries every year, using the latest techniques and technologies. All of our foot and ankle surgeons are top experts with extensive experience. Our team approach ensures that you will also have any care you require from specialists in other areas. By collaborating in this way, we are able to share our knowledge and provide you with the best possible care.
As an integral part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, physical therapists work with a variety of patients due to the functional limitations associated with a disease or an injury.