The foot and ankle are magnificently designed to get us where we need to go. Did you know? The human foot contains 26 bones (one quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet), 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and has 19 muscles and tendons. A joint is defined as anywhere 2 bones come together to provide movement. A ligament is a band of fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone to provide stability to a joint. A tendon is fibrous tissue that connects a muscle to bone, for example the achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone (calcaneous). As complex, weight bearing structures, that you use everyday, your feet and ankles are highly susceptible to all types of acute and chronic injuries. It is usually not until we experience foot or ankle pain that we start to appreciate the role our feet play in our busy lives.
At Missoula Bone & Joint Foot and Ankle Specialty Clinic, our team consists of Glenn Jarrett, MD, Brent Roster, MD and Physician Assistants, Clyde Kidd and Sarah Zueck. They have extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all foot and ankle disorders. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, surgical, and physical methods to restore function that has been lost as a result of injury and disease. Every patient is treated as an individual, presenting with unique symptoms and history – our team takes the time to listen to each patient.
Here is an example of a patient that Dr. Brent Roster treated for chronic foot and ankle pain. Dr. Roster says “Rheumatoid arthritis is in the family of inflammatory arthropathies, and can often lead to pain, deformity, and disability. Surgical reconstruction in conjunction with medical treatment in the right patient is highly successful in decreasing pain, improving deformity, and getting folks more active again.” These x-rays show the progression of treatment that was very successful for this patient (photo on left: before surgery, photo on right: after surgery).
Included below are some of the conditions we treat:
- Deformities of the leg from trauma or congenital problems
- Ankle pain, arthritis, deformity, and instability
- Sports injuries such as sprains, tendon tears, tendon dislocations
- Disorders of the ankle cartilage such as osteochondral lesions in all age groups
- Arthroscopy of the ankle, subtalar joint, and even selected joints in the foot
- Charcot arthropathy, diabetic foot wounds, vasculopathic wounds
- Acute and chronic infections
- Flat feet, cavovarus feet, and foot deformity and arthritis
- Inflammatory arthritis of the foot and ankle
- Disorders of the nerves including neuromas and tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Bunions, hammertoes, mallet toes, curly toes
- Tumors and lesions of the foot and ankle
- All foot and ankle trauma including tibia fractures, dislocations, etc.
To schedule your appointment at our Foot and Ankle Specialty Clinic with Dr. Roster or Dr. Jarrett, please call our clinic at (406) 721-4436.