Foot and Ankle Surgery
The feet and ankles are complex structures of the body. They are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, several muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Together, these structures provide movement and stability to the entire body. Injuries to the feet and ankles can make everyday activities like walking and standing painful. When injured, a foot and ankle surgeon can step in to help.
As treatment experts, foot and ankle surgeons are specially trained to provide the best possible care to patients with injuries and conditions to this area of the body. After completing undergraduate education, these surgeons must complete four years at a podiatric medical school where they receive basic medical education with a strong focus on foot and ankle conditions, graduating with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Following podiatric medical school, they must complete a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery and have the option to pursue additional fellowship training. To become board certified, these medical doctors must complete examinations and have their surgical cases reviewed by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) in addition to having a least four years of clinical experience. Additional specialization and training to become a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is available.
Highly trained in surgical and non-surgical treatment, foot and ankle surgeons treat a wide range of conditions and injuries. These conditions include complex deformities, lateral ankle instability, sports injuries, bunions, foot and ankle fractures, posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction, arthritis, and heel pain. Experienced foot and ankle surgeons also perform surgical procedures that include foot and ankle reconstruction, total ankle joint replacement, ankle arthroscopy, fusion, limb salvage procedures, and trauma surgery.
To provide the best possible care, TPMG’s foot and ankle surgeons aim to provide treatment without the need for surgical intervention, finding the best course of treatment for each patient. When surgery is the best option, foot and ankle surgeons work closely with pain management specialists and physical therapists to help patients safely recover.
The Orthopedic specialists at TPMG offer treatment of the foot and ankle at four convenient locations in Newport News, Gloucester, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg. The physicians who practice in the Orthopedics division have received extensive training in General Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Surgical and Non-Surgical Spine Care, and Sports Medicine.