Bishops Wood HospitalRickmansworth Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2JW Directions
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Expert help for foot and ankle conditions
A foot and ankle together contain 28 bones and a number of ligaments, tendons and joints which work together to give incredible mobility and function. Given the complex anatomy involved, it is not surprising that even small disruptions can have a significant impact on how well we are able to move.
The foot and ankle can be affected, often quite easily, by trauma, ‘wear and tear’ degeneration or disease. Particularly common complaints are sports injuries to the ankle, fallen arches, high arches and bunions.
At Bishops Wood Hospital, experienced foot and ankle surgeons treat a range of foot and ankle conditions, helping to get people out of pain and back to better mobility and function once again. They would be delighted to help you too.
Osteoarthritis can occur in a foot or ankle, with damage to the joint surfaces causing stiffness and pain in the joint. Given the large number of bones, joints and joint surfaces contained with the foot and ankle, osteoarthritis can have a big impact on function and mobility. Severe arthritis in the ankle may lead to the joint seizing up.
If you have diabetes, you are unfortunately at greater risk developing a foot problem. The diabetes may reduce the blood supply to your foot, causing loss of feeling in it. This is known as peripheral neuropathy.
Whether you have damaged your ankle during a game of rugby or by stepping off a kerb at the wrong angle, or you have noticed your ankle is becoming noticeably stiff, it is often sensible to get medical assessment for an accurate diagnosis and sensible treatment plan.
They will carry out a physical examination of your foot and ankle to help them determine how much strength and joint movement you currently have. They may ask you to stand on both legs and then on one leg at a time.
This may be all that is needed to confirm a diagnosis, but further investigations may be arranged. On-site imaging facilities include X-ray, MRI and ultrasound, so these can be easily arranged for you if required.
Once the results of any tests are back and a diagnosis has been made, your consultant will meet with you to discuss suitable treatment options with you.
Non-surgical treatments include:
Where surgery is required, keyhole surgery (arthroscopy) can often be used. This minimally invasive surgery means less pain and bleeding, reduced scarring and often a faster recovery.
Surgical options available at Bishops Wood Hospital include:
Treatment will always be tailored to your specific requirements and what would be best for you. Your consultant will always discuss the treatment they recommend and answer any questions or concerns you may have. They will explain the benefits you should expect to see as a result of the recommended treatment as well as potential risks or complications, so that you have the information you need to make an informed treatment choice.
With easy access to the hospital, we have people across South East England visit us for treatment.
When you choose Bishops Wood, you will benefit from:
If you have any concerns about your foot or ankle, whether painful bunions, a nasty ankle injury or severe arthritis in the ankle, we can help. For peace of mind and expert care sooner, why not book your appointment today?
We very much look forward to welcoming you to Bishops Wood Hospital and helping to get you back to better mobility in your foot and ankle as soon as possible.