Podiatry (Foot Surgery)

Struggling with foot pain, chronic problems or injuries? Our Vancouver surgeons have the expertise to correct your problems and help get you back on your feet.

Your two feet contain an amazing 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. You walk, run, dance, balance, and rely on your feet every day, so it’s easy to forget what they endure – until something goes wrong. According to the BC Podiatric Medical Association, more than 50 per cent of British Columbians will experience some type of foot problem in their lives. Women are also four times as vulnerable to foot problems as men, especially if they wear high heels.

From bunions, corns and ingrown toenails to more serious issues, including arthritis, diabetic foot complications and athletic injuries, our Vancouver clinic offers a wide range of podiatry treatments and foot surgery procedures. Our experienced board-certified podiatrists will provide the specialized care you need to keep your feet strong, healthy and pain-free.

Our Vancouver Podiatrists

At False Creek Healthcare, Dr. Anthony Yung and Dr. Timothy Kalla practice podiatric medicine, specializing in foot injuries, operative podiatry, corrective treatments and diabetic foot care and complications. These respected physicians each have more than two decades of experience in  practice as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).

Dr. Yung is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Kalla is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the head of podiatry at Vancouver’s Providence Healthcare, and a faculty member at UBC. Dr. Yung also practices at Vancouver General Hospital.

Reasons for Foot Procedures

Podiatric Foot and toe treatments and surgeries may be recommended to:

  • Minimize foot and toe pain
  • Improve bone and joint alignment
  • Enhance mobility, flexibility and balance
  • Treat infections, nerve issues, skin problems & other conditions
  • Improve circulation due to other physical issues
  • Prevent and treat diabetic foot complications
  • Treat trauma- and sports-related injuries
  • Treat toe & foot deformities and irregularities

Foot Conditions and Procedures

Here are some of the services and procedures we offer at False Creek Healthcare:

Toe Deformities

Many people experience a wide range of toe deformities, ranging from moderate to serious. Common issues include hammertoes, which occur when the toe bends permanently up or down at the middle joint, claw toes that dig down into the soles of your shoes, plus stiff big toes, overlapping or underlapping toes, mallet toes and more. If you’ve experienced pain or unusual changes in your toes, our podiatrists can accurately diagnose the problem and create a plan to help correct or minimize the issue.

Bunion & Cyst Removal

Bunions occur when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes misaligned and enlarged. Bunions are often swollen and tender, especially when wearing shoes. This common foot problem can be hereditary, or due to ill-fitting shoes, foot trauma, or other biological causes.

Ganglion foot cysts are noncancerous lumps that are filled with a jelly-like fluid. These cysts are often painful if they press on a nearby nerve and can interfere with joint movement and mobility. Other cysts include synovial and cutaneous mucoid cysts, which may require fluid extraction and steroid injections.

Toe Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis in the toes is a form of chronic inflammation that can cause swelling, redness, heat, recurring pain or tenderness, motion and mobility problems, and skin issues. Common forms of toe arthritis can include rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and osteoarthritis. You may also need surgery to correct ongoing issues and prevent permanent foot damage.

Toe Pain and Foot Pain

A wide variety of conditions, injuries and problems can cause persistent toe and foot pain. These can include anything from stress fractures, heel spurs, flat feet, sprains, and neuromas to serious medical issues including diabetes, arthritis, gout and more. The most important thing to know about foot and toe pain is that it is NOT normal. Pain and/or changes in the feet require medical attention from experienced specialists – and a wide range of both non-invasive and outpatient surgical procedures are available to treat foot and toe pain. Contact us today for a consultation.

Plantar Fasciitis

Inflammation on the bottom of the foot – from the base of the toes across the arch to the heel bone – creates the recurring heel and arch pain of plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome. Treatment options can range from orthotics, physical therapy and medications, to Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT), a non-invasive therapy uses high intensity sound waves to stimulate tissue healing and improve circulation, for more persistent pain and discomfort.

Corns, Calluses and Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the nail dig painfully into the skin. They are typically caused by shoe pressure, improper nail trimming, fungus, heredity, and foot structure.

Calluses are areas of hard, thickened skin that indicate underlying bone problems in the foot. Calluses usually occur when the toe or foot undergoes repeated friction or pressure over a long period of time. Corns are a type of callus that appear on the toes.

We remove problematic corns and calluses in our clinic and can correct ingrown nails with minor surgery.

Toe Fusion

Highly painful big toe joints and significant stiffness may require toe fusion surgery, which is typically performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make an incision near the base of the toe and use screws or plates or wires to fuse the metatarsal bone to the toe bone. Bumps and bony protrusions are also trimmed during the surgery. This procedure is designed to eliminate pain, re-align the big toe and maintain toe strength.

Foot Surgery

Sports and athletic injuries to the toes and feet can create pain, misalignment and deformities that require surgery. Common injuries include sprains, fractures, cracks, benign bone tumours (osteochondromas), contusions and other traumatic events. Whether you have a new or longstanding injury, we have the medical technology and experience to address the problem and improve your pain and mobility.

Foot Complications due to Diabetes

Many people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing serious foot problems, including deformities and loss of feeling (peripheral neuropathy) and loss of circulation. Diabetic feet can also be prone to slow-healing wounds that may lead to more serious infections, in addition to foot ulcers, calluses and other skin issues. It’s important for people who have diabetes to take precautions and address problems immediately to avoid serous damage and even the loss of a toe, foot or leg. Our podiatrists, Dr. Yung and Dr. Kalla, are recognized experts in diabetic foot care, treatment and surgery, with a long history of innovation and excellent patient outcomes.

Foot Diagnostic Imaging

At False Creek Healthcare we have the latest imaging technologies available to accurately diagnose various foot conditions. Depending on the specific foot condition we can use X-ray, Ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning technology to evaluate your feet to recommend a treatment plan.

Why experience Foot care at False Creek Healthcare?

At False Creek Healthcare, our renowned Doctors of Podiatric Medicine have successfully performed everything from simple to complex foot treatments and surgical procedures for more than two decades. Our board-certified surgeons have years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help solve your foot problems and enjoy healthy, strong, pain-free feet.

Next steps

If you’re ready to discuss your foot surgery and podiatric treatment needs with your board certified podiatrists, request a consultation today. During your consultation, your patient care advisor will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Pre-and post-procedural care
  • Potential risks and complications
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