Our lower extremities are unique in their complexity and the importance of their roles in the human body and its support, strength, flexibility, and mobility. The foot and ankle are among the most intricate and complex anatomical structures. Remarkably, they contain a total of 26 bones, a quarter of all the bones in the body; 33 joints; and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. All are joined together by an interdependent network of nerves, blood vessels, soft tissue, and skin. Every part has to work smoothly together to allow us to keep our balance, stand, walk, run, skip, and jump. We take these capabilities for granted, until some problem interferes with this extraordinary system. That’s where Dr. Basso comes in.
What are some common foot deformities and problems you treat?
Many Americans suffer from common foot deformities such as bunions, a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe; flatfoot; fallen arches; hammertoes; claw toes; mallet toes; bone spurs; overlapping or underlapping toes; toe joint problems; and, in young children, in-toeing and out-toeing. At Davis Foot & Ankle Center, we treat them all successfully.
In addition to common deformities, I care for injuries, such as foot and ankle sprains and fractures, and help speed the relief of pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking on the sprained or fractured foot or ankle. Whatever the problem, I can help!
What are some treatment options you offer?
While treatment varies by type of condition and by patient, here are some common solutions we provide:
- Pain relief medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
- Physical therapy
- Orthotic devices, shoe modifications, braces, or casts
- Injected medications to reduce inflammation, such as corticosteroids
- Surgery in cases of severe pain or foot damage
I listen carefully to each patient and often recommend prescriptions for home care, including stretching exercises or rest and ice to relieve pain and reduce swelling. I have extensive experience with detecting the early stages of diseases that display warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.
Early diagnosis and treatment of these conditions may restore mobility, save a limb from amputation, or prevent other serious health problems, so it’s important to contact us promptly if you’re concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing.