Foot problems or conditions can cause a lot of pain during your daily activities. The pain in your foot and ankle inhibits your ability to walk and even a simple stroll can already become an unpleasant experience.
Bee Jan van Goyen Medical Center We are happy to help you get rid of your foot complaints. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons have the knowledge to arrive at the correct diagnosis and draw up a personal plan for the treatment of your foot complaints.
The treatment of foot complaints
Over the years, our orthopaedic specialists have seen many types of foot complaints. When you come to our foot clinic, you know that your foot complaints get the attention and care you deserve. The staff at Medical Centre Jan van Goyen has extensive experience when it comes to treating various types of foot complaints. You can find an overview of the most common procedures below.
CORRECTION OF THE POSITION OF THE TOES
The position of the toes is very important for the correct functioning of the foot. When their position is not optimal. it can have painful consequences. A patient with crooked toes has one or more toes in a crooked, bent, or curved position. This can make it painful to wear shoes or use your feet. One of the symptoms is callus on top of the toe which causes additional pinching in the shoes. Crooked toes, also called hammer toes, are often caused by wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow. They can also be the result of flat feet or diabetes.
Your hammer toe can be treated easily. The toe is straightened by removing the joint between the first and middle phalanx. To do this, we first make an incision on top of the joint, which simultaneously addresses the callus. We then use an iron pin to put the toe back into the correct position. After a while, this pin will be removed again. You can find more about this treatment in this brochure.
When you are no longer able to move your big toe optimally, then this will have a significant impact on the functioning of your foot. The main cause of a stiff big toe, or hallux rigidus, is osteoarthritis on the joint of the big toe that is connected to the metatarsal bone. Osteoarthritis is an excessive abrasion or breakdown of joint cartilage and it results in an increased friction between the bones. And it is this friction that causes the pain. Besides osteoarthritis, a hallux rigidus can also be the result of a fracture, gout, and intensive sports activities.
The method of treatment depends on the severity of the osteoarthritis. In a mild case of osteoarthritis, we simply clean the joint. The painful bone growth around the joint is removed. This will reduce the symptoms and allow you to move the joint again. If the osteoarthritis is more serious, we will remove the painful joint and secure it with two screws. This makes the pain disappear. When securing the joint, we naturally take the unwinding of the foot into account. More information about this operation can be found in this brochure.
ARTHROSCOPY ON THE ANKLE
Ankle complaints can have many different causes. It is, therefore, sometimes necessary to carry out a keyhole surgery, or arthroscopy, to detect the cause of your problem. During an arthroscopy, the orthopaedic specialist uses an arthroscope to look into the ankle joint. This is a small tube made of glass fibre which is connected to a video camera. This allows the surgeon to check the various parts of your ankle.
In order to be able to insert the arthroscope, the surgeon will make two small holes. When your complaints are at the front of your ankle, the holes will also be made at the front and you will be laying on your back during the procedure. When the complaints are located at the back, the holes will be made at the back as well, and you will need to lie on your stomach.
Once the deviation has been identified, the orthopedic surgeon treat these simultaneously. This may involve loose fragments, painful bone growth, scar tissue or damaged cartilage. After the keyhole surgery, the holes are sutured or closed with a suture strip. This is followed by placing a pressure bandage to prevent swelling. You can find more information about this keyhole surgery here.
TREATMENT OF HEEL COMPLAINTS
When you experience complaints around the heel, then this often means that you suffer from heel spur. Heel spur is an inflammation of the connective tissue on the heel bone. An adverse effect of the inflammation is the development of calcium deposits on the heel. This causes pain when you walk.
There are various treatment options to treat heel spur complaints, and it depends on your situation which one is the most suitable. Many of the complaints can be treated by wearing orthotic inserts that give your feet more comfort. Physiotherapists increasingly use shockwave therapy, during which sound waves administered to the treatment area induce a healing reaction in the inflamed connective tissue. When these or other treatments give no relief, there is the option of surgery.
Do you experience foot complaints?
Our team is happy to help you relieve your pain and improve your mobility.
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