Foot and Ankle
The diagnosis and successful treatment of foot and ankle pain requires a unique level of clinical focus and specialized expertise.
NHRMC Cape Fear Orthopedic Specialty Hospital offers a full-service advanced facility primarily dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including subspeciality treatment in foot and ankle care.
Foot and ankle specialists offer a range of treatments to eliminate foot and ankle pain and help patients get back on their feet and return to normal, everyday activities.
Foot and Ankle Conditions
Foot and ankle pain may be caused by a number of factors including traumatic injury, weight, walking or standing for long periods, overuse associated with athletic activities, problems with shoes, osteoarthritis, or other chronic conditions.
Foot and ankle conditions treated by specialists who practice at Cape Fear Orthopedic Specialty Hospital include:
- Bunions, hammertoes or claw toes
- Foot and ankle trauma/fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Ligament sprains/tendonitis
- Achilles tendon problems
- Heel pain/plantar fasciitis
- Joint pain and arthritis
- Ankle or foot arthritis
- Flat feet deformities
Diagnosing Foot and Ankle Conditions
Your physician may order tests to help determine the cause of your foot and ankle pain. NHRMC Health and Diagnostics offers advanced imaging services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Cape Fear Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, as well as through outpatient locations around the region.
Diagnostic radiology services include CT scans, diagnostic x-rays, fluoroscopic procedures, ultrasound, and MRI.
Treatment of Foot and Ankle Conditions
Many foot and ankle conditions can be treated non-surgically. Your physician will evaluate whether there are ways to help reduce pain and restore function before recommending surgery.
Non-surgical options include physical therapy, prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, or injection therapy to help relieve pain and promote better function.
Surgery for Foot and Ankle Conditions
When foot and ankle pain becomes chronic, fails to respond to non-surgical remedies and begins to interfere with life’s daily activities, surgical options should be considered.
Surgical options include arthroscopic surgeries, bunionectomy and hammer toe repair, cartilage repair or resurfacing procedures, fracture care, joint replacement (arthroplasty), ligament reconstructions, and repair of torn ligaments and tendons.
Cape Fear Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
Foot and ankle surgeries at NHRMC Cape Fear Orthopedic Specialty Hospital are performed in a stand-alone dedicated facility in which staff is entirely focused on your orthopedic care. The largest orthopedic program in Eastern North Carolina, Cape Fear Orthopedic Specialty Hospital offers eight operating rooms and a pre-op clinic outfitted specifically for orthopedic care, advanced imaging and diagnostic equipment, surgical suites, and rehabilitation services.
Finding a Foot and Ankle Specialist
To find an orthopedic and podiatry specialists on the medical staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, please visit our online physician directory. Specialists have office locations in Wilmington, Burgaw, Jacksonville, Leland, Porters Neck and Whiteville to better serve people throughout southeastern North Carolina.
Our commitment to exceptional orthopedic care continues after surgery with specialized services to ensure a smooth transition to recovery. Therapists with NHRMC Rehabilitation Services start working with patients before they leave the hospital and are available to assist with ongoing, outpatient therapy after discharge from the hospital.
If Home Care services are needed, NHRMC staff will work with you to set-up visits with the home care agency of your choice, including NHRMC Home Care, an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
More Information on Foot and Ankle Conditions
For more information on surgical and non-surgical procedures of foot and ankle conditions, click here to visit the Othopedic section of the Health Encyclopedia.