Foot and Ankle

Our feet can be divided into three larger sections: the hindfoot, the midfoot and the forefoot. They consist of a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. All parts in this structure need to work together correctly to be able to stand, walk, jump, etc. The ankle allows us to move our foot in different directions.

Foot or ankle problems may be caused by acute injury, a wrong movement or the overburdening of certain structures.

Conditions and treatments

Toe misalignmentAchilles tendon painForefoot pain
Fallen arches and flat feetAnkle painLower heel pain
Fractured ankleUpper heel painDeformation of one or more toes
Fractured heel bone


Diabetic foot clinic

Diabetic patients with slow-healing wounds on their feet are welcome to come for a consultation each Friday at the diabetic foot clinic at Maria Middelares General Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call +32 (0)9 246 13 50.

Hand and wrist

Our hands are connected to the lower arm through the wrist. The hand and wrist consist of many little bones that are connected with ligaments. The muscles and tendons in the hand and lower arm allow us to move them. Three important nerves running through the hand that ensure sensation etc.

In addition to acute injury, hand and wrist issues often occur due to overburdening and trapped nerves.

Conditions

Forearm painTingling fingers
Trigger fingerScarring in the palm

Knee

The knee is the joint that functions as the hinge between the thigh and the lower leg. At the front, the knee is protected by the kneecap. The presence of cartilage, e.g. the meniscus, allows for smooth movement of the knee. On the other hand, various ligaments, such as the cruciate ligaments, ensure stability of the knee.

Knee pain can be caused by wear and tear over many years, inflammation, overburdening or acute injury.

Conditions

Knee osteoarthritisInjuries of the cruciate ligaments/collateral ligamentsMeniscus tear
Kneecap problemsCartilage injuriesRunner's knee

Hip

The hip is where our legs are connected to the upper body. The hip contains the hip joint, which is a ball-and-socket joint that, due to its flexibility, delivers a great degree of freedom of movement. The joint consists of the hip socket (formed by the pelvis) and the femoral head (on the thigh bone) that fit snugly into each other. Cartilage ensures that a joint can function without any friction.

Many hip complaints occur when there is serious wear and tear of the cartilage.

Conditions

Hip osteoarthritis

Bumping hip

Avascular necrosisClicking hip

Shoulder

The shoulder connects the upper arm and the shoulder blade and consists of three bones: the shoulder blade, the upper arm bone and the collarbone. The complex interaction between bones and muscles ensures that the shoulder is a very flexible joint.

In addition to acute injury, shoulder complaints often occur due to overburdening or the wear and tear of muscles and tendons.

Conditions

Acute AC joint dislocationInstabilityShoulder dislocation
Biceps problemsCalcification of tendonsShoulder replacement
Impingement/AC joint osteoarthritisRotator cuff tear

Elbow

The elbow is the joint that connects the upper arm bone with the ulna and radius in the lower arm. The elbow allows us not only to bend and extend our arm but also to turn our lower arm and hand. A robust joint capsule and the ligaments ensure stability. Additionally, important nerves run from the neck and shoulder to the hand through the elbow.

Symptoms may arise if one of the parts of the elbow does not function in the way it should.

Conditions

Inner elbow painOuter elbow painInternal elbow pain