Foot & Ankle Surgery

Mango Medical

Podiatry & Primary Care Practice located in Kamuela, HI

Are you suffering from a painful or debilitating ankle or foot condition? If so, contact J. Cliff Gilley, DPM, at Mango Medical, a family practice located in Kamuela, Hawaii, to find out if foot or ankle surgery is right for you. Dr. Gilley is both board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Your feet and ankles are extremely important–they support your whole body–so don’t neglect them. Book your appointment at Mango Medical online or over the phone today.

Foot & Ankle Surgery Q & A

What types of foot and ankle surgery are there?

Foot and ankle surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the foot and ankle, including diseases and injuries. Of all other health care providers, they have the most comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the foot and ankle.

Foot and ankle surgeons perform surgeries like:

  • Bunion correction
  • Ankle joint replacement
  • Hammertoe correction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Ankle fusion (arthrodesis)
  • Morton’s neuroma removal
  • Broken bone repair

If you’re suffering from any of these ailments, when you go in to see Dr. Gilley, he assesses your condition and your pain to see if surgery is the best option for you. Alternative treatments may include medication or physical therapy.

What is ankle fusion surgery?

Ankle fusion is a surgery during which Dr. Gilley fuses ankle bones together in order to compensate for the effects of severely damaged ankle joints. He also often uses ankle fusion to relieve arthritis pain.

During ankle fusion, Dr. Gilley roughens up the ends of your damaged bones and then fuses them together with metal plates and screws. Though it restricts ankle motion, ankle fusion is a great option for younger patients who don’t want to undergo an ankle replacement surgery.

In contrast, ankle replacement surgery produces less durable results and requires a longer, more restricted recovery.

How did I break my foot?

Because your feet support your entire body, it’s easy to break any one of the bones in your foot. Common causes of both foot and ankle fractures include:

  • Dropping a heavy object on your foot
  • Overusing your feet
  • Slipping or falling
  • Car accident
  • Stubbing your toe
  • Landing incorrectly

If you suspect you have a broken foot or a broken ankle, look for signs like:

  • Bumps or deformities
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Throbbing pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the foot

If your pain gets worse or doesn’t resolve within a few days, or if you have an obvious deformity, make an appointment for a same-day exam at Mango Medical.

If you’re suffering from pain and think you may need a foot or ankle surgery, call or book an appointment online with the experts at Mango Medical today.