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What are ankle and foot ligament treatments?

Diagnostic and therapeutic treatment options include physical therapy and injections of anesthetic or steroid medications or a combination. Advanced regenerative medicine techniques may be used to replace cells or tissues and restore normal function. 

Am I a candidate for ligament treatments?

You may be a candidate for foot and ankle ligament treatments in Bellaire if you have suffered injury to the:

  • Lateral ligaments: The set of three ligaments that resist inversion of the ankle joint and are commonly injured
  • Achilles tendon and bursa: The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. The bursa is fluid-filled sacs located between the Achilles tendon and the skin of the back of the heel and in front of the attachment of the Achilles tendon to the heel bone.
  • Deltoid ligament: The triangular shaped ligament that stabilizes the ankle joint during eversion of the foot and prevents subluxation (partial dislocation) of the joint
  • Peroneal tendons: Two tendons in the foot that run side-by-side behind the outer ankle bone 

What can I expect with ankle and foot ligament treatments in Houston?

A foot or ankle ligament injection delivers medications into or near the painful area. Local anesthetic provides immediate relief while slower-acting steroids take effect. After the anesthetic is administered, the doctor will carefully insert a thin, hollow needle into your foot or ankle, using fluoroscopy (live X-ray) guidance. Once the medications have been injected, the doctor will remove the needle and apply a dressing. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. 

Why choose Dr. Seifert for ankle and foot ligament treatments?

  • Dr. Heidi Seifert specializes in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic pain.
  • She utilizes evidence-based, nonsurgical techniques to relieve pain and improve function.
  • Dr. Seifert takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to pain, often referring patients to physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic treatments for comprehensive, custom-tailored care.

What is the recovery like after treatment for ligaments of the ankle and foot?

After the procedure, you may have some tenderness at the injection site, which should subside in a few hours. An ice pack applied to the area can help reduce discomfort. You may shower or bathe as usual 24 hours after the injection. Refrain from high-impact exercise for 48 hours. You can return to work in approximately two days after treatment. 

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