Dr. O’Connor is board-certified in ankle surgery.
Ankle surgery in Bloomington, IL is a complex specialty that requires a skilled surgeon with special training. Therefore, you need someone who has the experience to perform surgery you need. Dr. O’Connor is a board-certified ankle surgeon. As a matter of fact, he provides surgical solutions for patients from Bloomington, IL, Eureka, IL, and Pontiac, IL.
- Dr. O’Connor earned his podiatric medical degree (DPM) from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (formerly known as Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.)
- After medical school, he completed two years of post-graduate training in foot and ankle surgery at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis.
- Dr. O’Connor is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon that has additional board certifications in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery in Bloomington, IL by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
Dr. Connor is on the staff of four local hospitals:
- OSF St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington, IL
- Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal, IL
- OSF St. James Hospital in Pontiac, IL
- Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka, IL.
Whenever possible, Dr. O’Connor will prescribe a non-invasive treatment regime. All things considered, this can include prescription medications, physical therapy, bracing, orthotics, immobilization, steroid injections, and exercises.
When Do You Need Ankle Surgery?
Generally, we recommend ankle surgery if non-surgical treatment fails to reduce the pain or to restore functionality. As a result, the surgery can decrease pain and improve function. Determining that ankle surgery in Bloomington IL is your best option depends on some factors, including your condition and lifestyle.
Dr. O’Connor’s ankle and heel specialties include:
- Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy – We recommend arthroscopic surgery to confirm a diagnosis. Additionally, we can perform a surgical procedure within a joint using an arthroscopic instrument. Thankfully, Dr. O’Connor is an experienced arthroscopic surgeon.
- Ankle Sprain & High Ankle Sprain – Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries. For instance, in a high ankle sprain, a different set of ligaments is injured, located above the ankle joint.
- Ankle Fractures – When you have an ankle fracture, Dr. O’Connor performs ankle surgery in Bloomington, IL. He can help you decide on the best course of action.
- Equinus – Equinus is a condition in which limits the upward bending motion of the ankle.
- Pediatric Heel Pain – Heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention.
- Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia becomes irritated. As a result, the inflammation results in heel pain.
- Sinus Tarsi – A clinical disorder characterized by specific symptoms and signs localized to the sinus tarsi. It involves an opening on the outside of the foot between the ankle and heel bone.
- Shin Splints – A shin-splint is the most common cause of exercise-induced leg pain encountered by athletes of all levels. Essentially, an inflammatory reaction involving the connective tissue of the leg at the front of the leg bone.
- Arthritis of the Ankle – The ankle is one of the most common joints affected by Osteoarthritis. Therefore, Dr. O’Connor’s arthritis treatment plan will help you reduce the pain.
- Ankle Reconstruction – Reconstructive surgery can regain function or stability, reduce pain, and/or prevent further deformity or disease. We utilize bone screws, pins, wires, staples, and other fastening devices (both internal and external), and casts.
Call Dr. O’Connor’s office for a convenient appointment at (309) 807-0384. Furthermore, Dr. O’Connor is also willing to provide second opinions when needed if you have questions about the recommendations of another ankle surgeon.