Cutting-Edge Treatment for Foot and Ankle Pain
Pittsburgh’s Top Foot and Ankle Surgery Center
As the top foot and ankle surgeon in Pittsburgh, Dr. Prisk and his team at Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness have the training, experience, and passion to provide the cutting-edge treatments you deserve. With our level of expertise, we can offer you minimally-invasive surgical options, and even non-surgical options for virtually any foot or ankle condition, from ankle instability to hammertoe.
Should you require surgery for your condition, the team at Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness will stand by you even after your procedure. We proudly provide physical therapy, focused on restoring function in the areas of strength, flexibility, and range of motion. With us at your side, you can be confident in your full recovery.
If you’re struggling with a sports medicine ankle injury or any other condition of the foot or ankle, put your trust in Pittsburgh’s finest orthopedic foot surgeon. Contact Dr. Prisk’s office and schedule your first appointment with us today!
Minimally-Invasive Foot and Ankle Solutions
Surgical & Non-Surgical Foot & Ankle Treatments
At Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness, our patients’ recovery is our first priority, and we’re passionate about offering the least invasive treatments possible for any lower extremity injury. However, in some cases, surgery is necessary in order for you to make a complete recovery. As one of the top foot surgeons in Pittsburgh, Dr. Prisk is consistently on the cutting edge of surgical treatment, offering progressive procedures you won’t find elsewhere.
When you schedule your first consultation with Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness, you’ll speak directly to our Medical Director, Dr. Victor Prisk. Dr. Prisk is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in treatment complex foot and ankle conditions. With more than a decade of experience, Dr. Prisk can evaluate your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles to determine the origins of your pain. Then, he’ll offer you expert guidance on how best to move forward, accounting for your individual circumstances, goals, and needs.
Pittsburgh’s Top Orthopaedic Surgeon for Feet & Ankles
Treatment Options Chronic Foot & Ankle Pain
At Prisk Orthopaedic and Wellness, we have the expertise to treat virtually any condition of the foot or ankle using both surgical and non-surgical techniques. Some of the most common conditions Dr. Prisk and his team treat include:
- Bunions. Also known as hallux valgus, a bunion is a bony pump that can appear at the base of your big toe. Common symptoms of a bunion include pain, redness, and irritation as it rubs against your socks or shoes. Bunions can cause long-term difficulties such as hammertoes, as well as changing the shape of your foot and making it difficult to select proper footwear. If your bunion is painful, bunion surgery may be the best option for you. If your bunion isn’t causing you extreme discomfort, Dr. Prisk can guide you in how to prevent it from worsening.
- Hammertoe. Hammertoes are toes that have become bent and raised, changing the shape of your foot and making you vulnerable to painful calluses. If treatment is applied appropriately by a professional like Dr. Prisk, permanent deformity and pain can be avoided. However, advanced hammertoe can be treated surgically.
- Ankle Fractures and Acute Injuries. The ankle joint is a complex area that is vital to our mobility. That’s why you should only trust a highly-experienced expert like Dr. Prisk to treat your ankle issues, whether you respond to non-surgical treatment or you require a procedure to make a full recovery.
- Ankle Sprain. The ligaments in your ankles are strong, but not indestructible or without limits. Ankle sprains can occur when these tendons are stretched too far, in some cases to the point of tearing. Ankle sprains can often be treated using conservative, non-surgical methods, but it’s important to have your ankle examined by a professional to determine the right course of action.
- Ankle Roll. An ankle “roll” refers to a particular way in which you can receive a sprain. The ankle joint’s capability to twist and roll is an amazing adaptation of the human body that allows us to perform athletic feats and move about our day -- however, if this motion is performed improperly due to a trip, jolt, or other event, it can result in a sprain that requires medical attention.
- Chronic Ankle Sprain and Ankle Instability. When you sprain your ankle repeatedly, your tendons can become weaker, making it more likely that you’ll sustain even further sprains. This can lead to chronic ankle sprain, or ankle instability, that can result in consistent pain and difficulty walking. In many cases, surgery is not necessary to repair ankle instability; however, an experienced ankle specialist like Dr. Prisk should guide your recovery.
- Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle. Foot and ankle arthritis often appears in the form of osteoarthritis, which involves chronic “wear and tear” damage to the soft tissues that make up your foot and ankle joints. There are multiple surgical and non-surgical options for restoring your joints that have been affected by osteoarthritis, all of which will be discussed with you during your consultation.
- Achilles Tendon Problems. Achilles tendinitis -- tearing, swelling, or pain in the Achilles tendon -- is highly common, as this is your body’s largest tendon. Because pain in the Achilles tendon can make walking difficult and painful, it’s important to receive treatment as soon as possible.
- Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain. One of the most common causes of foot pain nationwide, plantar fasciitis occurs as a result of swelling in the plantar fascia -- the flexible ligament that supports your foot’s arch -- and is marked by heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can generally be treated nonsurgically, but there are advanced options for severe cases.
- Tendon Disorders of the Foot and Ankle. Because the tendons of your ankles are used every day for motion, they can be particularly vulnerable to injury, especially the anterior tibial tendon, flexor hallucis longus tendon, Achilles tendon, peroneal tendon, and posterior tibial tendon. If surgery is required, your treatment will be based on your individual body, concerns, and needs.
- Flatfoot and Cavus Foot Reconstruction. “Flatfoot” can inhibit the function of your foot and cause pain in the area of your arch. In severe cases, you may opt for surgical reconstruction in order to alleviate these symptoms.
- Ankle Arthroscopy and Cartilage Surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is an amazing innovation in the field of orthopedics, allowing surgeons to make significantly smaller incisions during a procedure and resulting in less trauma to a patient’s body. Ankle arthroscopy can be applied to a wide variety of conditions for a minimally-invasive surgical treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are some of your most common non-surgical treatments?
We are highly passionate about offering our patients the most conservative, least-invasive treatment options possible. Some of the most common non-surgical treatment options we offer for foot and ankle injuries include:
- Custom inserts
- Professionally-recommended braces
- Physical therapy
- Injection therapy
Why is it important to receive treatment for foot and ankle issues?
Symptoms of foot or ankle injuries and conditions can interfere with your daily life, making it difficult, painful, and sometimes impossible to walk, let alone perform athletic or work activities. While every patient’s experience is different, some of these symptoms include chronic pain, weakness in the joints, numbness, a loss of motion in the joints, and early-onset foot or ankle arthritis.
Do I need physical therapy following foot and ankle treatment?
Yes, absolutely. It takes time and effort to restore your strength, flexibility and range of motion following an injury or procedure, and physical therapy is a part of your overall treatment. Pre-operative exercises and post-operative physical therapy are both essential to your ability to make a full, effective, long-lasting recovery.
About how long does the recovery process take?
Your recovery time will depend on the type of injury you sustained, the type of treatment you received, and your individual factors. Generally, recovery from a foot or ankle injury can take a few days, or it can take a few months. Dr. Prisk and his team will work with you throughout the process, informing you of your timelines for recovery and working with you to meet your specific needs and goals.