Foot is very important as it is the final transfer point of the whole body load. Although the other joints that carry the body weight are much smaller than the knee and hip, the ankle, over which large loads pass, is therefore more susceptible to injuries. Ankle sprains should be carefully evaluated and should not be neglected, as there are also very important ligaments in this area that maintain joint strength. A missed ligament injury can cause persistent pain and discomfort.
- What are the symptoms of ankle problems?
- In cases of deformities or arthritis in the ankle, complaints such as difficulty and pain in walking, limping from time to time, and even inability to wear shoes may be encountered. Hallux valgus disease, especially expressed as thumb deformity, manifests itself with discomfort and pain while wearing shoes. Another problem related to the big toe, calcification, is also one of the very painful ailments. It is the most important symptom of pain when lifting the big toe.
- What ailments does it treat?
- Fractures of the foot area, inferiority and crooked gait in children, foot wounds due to diabetes (diabetic foot), ankle sprains, thumb joint calcification (hallux rigitus), sole collapse and flat foot and thumb deformity (hallux valgus) foot and are the ailments that ankle surgery treats.
- What are the diagnostic methods?
- Disorders such as crooked walking and thumb deformity are already evident by their appearance. When detailed examination is required, diagnosis is made with the help of imaging methods such as x-ray, MRI and ultrasound.
- What are the treatment methods?
- Some of the foot and ankle ailments can be cured with plaster casts in the early period. However, in fractures that will occur due to more severe trauma, it often requires surgical treatment as it has a joint area.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mesut TAHTA
Orthopedics and Traumatology