Foot And Ankle Surgery

Family Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC

Podiatrists located in Weston, Merrill, Marathon, Antigo, & Woodruff, WI

Your feet and ankles play no small role in your ability to get around and stay active. So when an injury or condition strikes that requires surgery, you should seek out a specialist who understands the intricacies of these small, yet vitally important, areas. One such specialist, Dr. Joel Tikalsky of Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, understands how important it is for his Weston, Wisconsin, patients to get back on their feet. If you require foot or ankle surgery, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Foot and Ankle Surgery Q & A

What is the anatomy of the foot and ankle?

If you consider the relatively small size of your feet compared with the support and flexibility they must provide, you begin to see why any small problem or injury can have a far-reaching impact.

Your feet contain nearly one quarter of the bones in your body; there are 28 bones in each one, to be exact. These small bones come together to form 30 joints, which are surrounded by a host of supporting players, such as your tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Together, these components provide your entire body with support, mobility, and balance. Your feet are connected to your body by your ankle joints, which contain three bones:

  • Your tibia, or shinbone
  • Your fibula, which is the smaller bone that runs alongside your shinbone
  • Your talus, a bone that sits above the heel

These three bones provide you with up-and-down, as well as side-to-side, movement through tendons, muscles, and ligaments that connect the bones to provide this mobility.

What problems of the feet and ankles require surgery?

Because your feet and ankles are on call almost every waking hour, you may not realize just how important they are until an injury strikes or a condition develops. The most common injuries or conditions in your feet or ankles that may require surgery include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Trauma
  • Sports injuries
  • Soft-tissue disorders, including Achilles tendon tears or plantar fasciitis
  • Spurs
  • Flat feet
  • Bursitis

While surgery is never the first option, there are times when you may need it to correct a functional issue so you can get back on your feet.

How is surgery performed?

Modern surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery, have been a game changer when it comes to foot and ankle surgeries of any kind. Using very small instruments and a tiny lighted camera, Dr. Tikalsky is able to perform most foot and ankle surgeries without resorting to more invasive, open surgical techniques.

In fact, Dr. Tikalsky performs most routine foot and ankle surgeries, such as hammertoe or bunion correction, as well as Achilles tendon repairs, on an outpatient basis, allowing you to go home the same day.

If you have a foot or ankle condition that requires surgery, trust the experience and expertise found at Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more.