Foot and Ankle
Orthopaedic Specialists’ Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence is dedicated to the specialized care of the foot and ankle. Our specialties include both surgical and non-surgical treatments of the forefoot, midfoot, hindfoot and ankle. Our health care specialists will work with you to carefully evaluate the underlying causes of your pain/discomfort to determine the most accurate diagnosis and provide you with the best treatment options. We offer advanced orthopaedic care for foot and ankle symptoms. Our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons are committed to offering patients minimally invasive solutions whenever possible. To remedy your concerns with as little downtime as possible, our fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tuvi Mendel, provides a number of minimally invasive treatment options. Orthopaedic Specialists is proud to have Dr. Mendel as the leading surgeon at OS’ Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence.
Common Conditions of the Foot and Ankle
The foot and ankle provide the foundation for the entire body. The structures within the foot and ankle are very complex with numerous small bones, nerves, ligaments, and tendons that frequently undergo a lot of stress making the risk for injury very high. Common causes of foot and ankle pain and discomfort include Achilles tendon injuries (tears within the tissue connecting the calf muscle to the heel), foot and ankle deformities (from fractures that healed improperly, flat feet, bunions, hammer toes, etc.), ankle arthritis, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), and other injuries due to overuse and/or trauma such as sprains and bone fractures. Some of the most common conditions of the foot and ankle that Dr. Mendel regularly diagnoses and treats are listed below.
- Achilles Tendon Tear (Partial or Complete)
- Ankle/Foot Sprains and Fractures
- Foot and Ankle Arthritis
- Foot and Ankle Deformities
- Plantar Fasciitis
About Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical approach that allows Dr. Mendel to view detailed images of your small foot and ankle joints. An arthroscope is a small surgical tool equipped with a tiny video camera and light used to display large images of your joint on a video screen for better, more detailed visualization. Because of the small size of the arthroscope, only one or more small incisions are needed to allow the instrumentation into the joint. Dr. Mendel commonly uses arthroscopy to view and treat the ankle, which typically results in less scarring and faster recovery compared to the more traditional open surgical techniques.
Our Foot and Ankle Specialists
Dr. Tuvi Mendel, Director of Foot & Ankle Surgery
As one of the leading orthopaedists specializing in foot and ankle surgery in the Midwest, Dr. Mendel heads the Foot & Ankle Center of Excellence at Orthopaedic Specialists. Because of his focus in foot and ankle injuries, he is able to offer procedures to the area that give patients an alternative to fusions (such as ankle replacements) as well as many minimally invasive techniques.
Dr. Mendel has also attained his additional certification in Sports Medicine and is able to offer athletes of all ages arthroscopic management of sports-related foot, ankle and lower leg injuries.
Dr. Mendel earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. After graduation, Dr. Mendel completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery (including adult reconstruction and sports injuries) with Roger Mann, MD in San Francisco, CA.
Bracing: Splints and Orthotics
Our physical therapists commonly use custom splints or orthotics for treatment of lower extremity conditions. This type of treatment prevents unwanted movement to allow proper healing, reduce pain, and support a weak joint. Limiting the range of motion relieves stress on the affected area. A splint is a temporary aid that is less well fitted, less expensive, less durable, and less protective than an orthotic. An orthotic is much like a cast except that an orthotic can be taken off so you can clean and take care of your skin. In order for an orthotic to work as a cast, it must be perfectly fitted by any appropriately trained physical therapist. Depending on the problem, you may require either soft or rigid support.
For more information about your foot, ankle, and lower extremity treatment options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Mendel today by calling (563) 344-9292.