Foot and ankle

A person's foot and ankle. They are wearing sports shoes - sports are a common cause of foot and ankle conditions

What is foot and ankle orthopaedics?

Foot and ankle orthopaedics is a sub-speciality of orthopaedic surgery dealing with the diagnosis, prevention and management of foot and ankle conditions. Treatment may be surgical, but other routes may be advised depending on the disorder or condition affecting the foot and/or ankle.

Foot and ankle conditions can arise from ageing, weakening bones, ligaments and muscles, sports injuries and traumatic injuries .

What conditions does an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist treat?

Orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in the foot and ankle are also trained on the complex connection these limbs have with the knee, hip and spine .

Among the wide range conditions that foot and ankle specialists treat are:

Treatment may consist of surgical or non-surgical methods, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Generally, orthopaedic specialists will aim to manage conditions without surgical means and resort to surgery if necessary.

When should you see an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist?

If your foot and/or ankle are causing discomfort and pain, it’s recommended to seek medical help. Your GP may refer you to a foot and ankle orthopaedic specialist, or you can consult one directly. In emergency cases, such as after a traumatic injury, an orthopaedic specialist will be present to advise the best course of management.