Foot And Ankle Surgery Specialist

Lake Erie Podiatry

Michael Ruiz, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Millcreek, Erie, PA

Foot and ankle surgery typically is only necessary if the damage cannot be repaired without it. Fortunately, Lake Erie Podiatry in Erie, Pennsylvania, offers the latest and most advanced techniques that will restore your foot and ankle function as much as possible. To set up a foot and ankle surgery consultation with Michael Ruiz, DPM, call Lake Erie Podiatry or request an appointment online today.

Foot and Ankle Surgery Q & A

What is foot and ankle surgery?

Foot and ankle surgery is the invasive treatment of various injuries affecting your foot and the joint connecting it to your leg. Surgery can correct structural defects that happened because of an injury or degenerative condition or some that were present from birth. 

At Lake Erie Podiatry, Dr. Ruiz evaluates the injury carefully with X-rays or other detailed imaging tests. After viewing the soft and hard tissues around the injury, he can choose a surgical technique and plan for the procedure. 

Dr. Ruiz is also dedicated to working with you after surgery to help you make a complete recovery. He also tells you how to prepare for your surgery to set yourself up for a complication-free recovery period.

When do I need foot and ankle surgery?

The many techniques in foot and ankle surgery can repair almost any injury affecting the foot, ankle, or both. In certain cases of advanced arthritis, surgery may also be an option. At Lake Erie Podiatry, Dr. Ruiz specializes in performing surgery for:


  • Fractures
  • Ligament and tendon tears
  • Bone spurs
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Synovitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes


Before he recommends surgery, Dr. Ruiz attempts to treat injuries and conditions like these using nonsurgical methods only. In a vast majority of cases, nonsurgical treatment is effective. However, when they don’t cause any change in function, foot and ankle surgery is the next step. 

What are some common foot and ankle surgeries?

Dr. Ruiz performs a wide array of foot and ankle surgeries using the latest techniques. Before your surgery, he discusses options for anesthesia like general anesthesia or regional anesthesia with sedation. General foot and ankle surgery techniques include:

Ankle arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive ankle diagnosis or repair technique. Using only a small incision, Dr. Ruiz can insert a lighted camera into the joint and view the inside on a nearby monitor. 

Tendon and ligament repair

Tendon or ligament repair surgery reconstructs torn or nearly torn ligaments or tendons, like the Achilles tendon or the plantar fascia. 

Fracture repair

Fracture repair is a surgical technique to put the bone back together if part of it has broken off. 

Ankle replacement surgery

This surgery replaces an extremely damaged joint with an artificial implant that will last for years. It can treat late-stage arthritis that has compromised your walking abilities.

If you have an injured or damaged foot or ankle joint and noninvasive treatment has not been successful, call Lake Erie Podiatry or request an appointment online for a foot and ankle surgery consultation.