We have changed our name but our expertise and commitment to best patient care remains. Our practices in Sydney and Albury attend to all conditions of the foot and ankle. Specialising in bunion correction, ankle reconstructions, ankle arthroscopy and treating Plantar Fasciitis. At the Specialist Foot & Ankle Group we pride ourselves on our expertise in Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery (MIFS), a technique designed to provide the best patient outcome with minimal scarring, reduced pain and accelerated recovery periods. We have produced remarkable results using MIFS when treating conditions of the foot and ankle, particularly the correction of bunions. We also provide non-surgical options and continue high level care post operatively through our on-site Podiatrist Tim in Albury.
Virginia is our clinical nurse consultant. She has a solid background and vast experience in a variety of roles within the nursing and healthcare fields. Virginia is available pre and post-surgery to provide patients with comprehensive care and advice.
At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.
At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.
Practice Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
1300 338 778
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Ankle fractures in some situations can be treated with minimally invasive techniques, In particular fractures with small amounts of displacement can be managed this way. This often will allow the added benefit of earlier weight bearing.
Fusions of the foot and ankle are done for a number of reasons such as rheumatoid arthritis, injuries and flat feet just to name a few.
Fusion's can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. This can be applied to all types of different fusions
Minimally Invasive surgery is exactly what it says, less invasive! This means your length of hospital stay and recovery time is reduced.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery is secured using mini high-tech screws. These are introduced over guide wires under a low dose pulse X-ray control.
Severe foot deformities can be cause by congenital, environmental factors, sustained from injury and invasive surgery. These deformities can cause pain that can alter one’s daily routine.
Even in cases where there has been very invasive surgery minimally invasive surgery can be used to alleviate pain.
Flat foot is described as a foot that’s arch is lower than what is considered usual
A foot that collapses later in life maybe due to tibialis posterior dysfunction.These cases are more common in women, resulting in a foot that becomes flat and painful
A Lisfranc injury also known as a Lisfranc fracture is one where there is an injury to the Joints in the arch of your foot. It is one of the most misdiagnosed injuries.Stabilisation or primary fusion are surgical options. I prefer to stabilise with a bridging plate which spares the joints. The bridging plates are then removed later.
Dr Gordon Slater orthopaedic surgeon specialising in foot and ankle surgery, Sydney
After minimally invasive surgery the bones will be realigned held in place with specialised screws. Overtime the bones will remodel as they heal.
Immediately after surgery your foot will have a post op bunion dressing as shown. The bandage should stay for 10 to 14 days after this a slimmer dressing is applied. The surgery is a day case with immediate weight bearing following.