Foot & Ankle

If you’re bothered by foot or ankle pain, see your doctor to help prevent your symptoms from progressing. If you need a physician, foot and ankle specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers can help get your feet on the treatment path that’s right for you. Get ready to move better.
Our foot and ankle specialists offer the following:

  • Specialty training. Foot and ankle specialists on the Baylor Scott & White medical staff are board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who are experts in the evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle injuries and disorders. If back or knee problems are causing your foot or ankle pain, we treat the source of the problem.

  • Individualized treatment. Our specialists understand each individual is different, and we will tailor a treatment plan that is best for you. Many foot and ankle problems can be treated conservatively. Others require surgery. From professional athletes with sports injuries to individuals with everyday foot and ankle pain, our goal is to get you back to your desired activity level without pain.

  • Comprehensive care. The foot and ankle specialists on our medical staff will work closely with a team of physicians and health professionals, including vascular surgeons, endocrinologists, and rheumatologists, to optimize your care. If surgical treatment is needed, our foot and ankle specialists are trained in advanced techniques, including minimally invasive surgery.

  • Achilles tendon rupture, if overstretched (typically in sports), the tendon connecting your heel bone to the back of your calf can tear

  • All foot and ankle deformities, including low and high arches

  • Ankle instability

  • Ankle osteoarthritis

  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle

  • Bone spurs

  • Bunions

  • Cartilage injury, caused by wear and tear, this type of injury can lead to osteoarthritis

  • Charcot foot​

  • Charcot-Marie Tooth disease

  • Claw and hammer toes

  • Diabetic neuropathy

  • Diabetic ulcers

  • Dislocations

  • Foot pain associated with flat feet, heel pain, and tarsal coalition

  • Fractures

  • Great toe pain

  • Heel pain

  • Heel spurs

  • Joint disease

  • Ligament tears, where the ligament that connects the bones in the foot tears

  • Neurologic diseases effecting the foot and ankle including strokes and foot drop

  • Neuromas

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Peroneal injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Residual compartments syndromes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sports injuries

  • Sprains

  • Stress fractures

  • Strains

  • Tendonitis

  • Turf toe, a sprain of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint of the first toe

Custom Orthotics – No more molds or casts. Foot and ankle experts use a digital pressure mat to analyze and create orthotics made specifically for each patient’s foot or ankle.

Other Conservative Treatments

Full spectrum of medical devices, including boots, casts, splints or braces to treat the area of pain

Prescription medication

Joint and ligament injections to reduce inflammation and pain

Physical therapy: Trained physical therapists work closely with each patient to address the problematic area and help patients regain function

The physical therapy department uses advanced equipment, including ultrasound, electrostimulation, and iontophoresis to help reduce inflammation

Aqua therapy is also available to reduce stress on the ankle, while still mobilizing the affected region

Wearing the appropriate shoes is very important, and this will vary depending on each individual’s foot type. The physicians on our medical staff can provide recommendations on proper shoes

Surgical Treatments

The foot and ankle specialists on the Baylor Scott & White  medical staff are trained in the full spectrum of foot and ankle surgery, including:

  • Ankle arthroscopy: a minimally invasive scope procedure to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions

  • Correction and salvage of previously failed surgeries

  • Diabetic limb salvage

  • Flat foot and high arch surgery

  • Fracture and dislocation repair

  • Osteotomy: a bone realignment procedure to correct bunions, claw, and hammertoes

  • Osteoarthritic and rheumatoid reconstructions

  • Reconstructions for complex deformities associated with residual compartments syndromes, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Strokes, and other Neurologic diseases

  • Tendon repair or reconstruction: a procedure to suture or lengthen tendons damaged in peroneal injuries and Achilles tendon ruptures

  • Ligament, tendon and cartilage surgery

  • Capsulorrhaphy: the suture of a torn joint capsule (damaged cartilage)

  • OATS, or osteoarticular transplants: transplanting of cartilage to improve deficits from injury or arthritis

  • Debridement: removal of damaged or infected tissue to treat heel spurs, Achilles tendinitis, arthritis and diabetic ulcers

  • Arthrodesis: an ankle fusion procedure used for arthritis patients that removes damaged cartilage and fuses two bones together

  • Ankle arthroplasty: total ankle joint replacement

  • Bone fracture repair

  • Joint realignment

  • Minimally invasive surgery