Posts for category: Ankle Care
Here is an example of a patient that sustained an ankle fracture while playing softball. After surgery the patient is doing very well and back to normal activities. Dr. Christensen, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Bowlby all have extensive experience in trauma surgery. We will be able to schedule both an appointment and surgery promptly so that you can start healing ASAP!
Arthroscopy of the ankle is a less invasive surgical technique performed through small incisions that give full access to a joint that can be used to treat joint adhesions, small joint fractures, bone spurring, and soft tissue build-up, which, as a result of repetitive injury, can clog the joint.
Typically, patients are non-weightbearing for 2 weeks to permit the small incisions to fully heal, slowly increasing activities as tolerated for the next 4-6 weeks, until a return to full activities can be accomplished.
The person who may benefit most from undergoing an Ankle Arthroscopy procedure is that individual who has suffered a twisting ankle injury and felt that their ankle has never been 'quite right' since. Prolonged repetitive activity when playing demanding sports like soccer or basketball can cause a gradual build-up of tissue without obvious injury.
Below are intraoperative images of an ankle arthroscopy revealing significant scar tissue and an osteochondral lesion of the talus, both of which were treated during the procedure.
If you have ankle pain and would like to discuss if arthroscopy is right for you, please give us a call for an appointment today! (425) 339-8888, ext 0
The Achilles tendon is prone to injury because the center of the tendon has poor circulation. For patients who are young and active in sports, or have demanding occupations that require a strong Achilles tendon, surgery is the treatment of choice. The surgery involves suturing the ruptured ends of the tendon back together and applying a splint for several weeks while the tendon heals. We use a published functional, rehabilitation Achilles Rupture Protocol.
To learn more about Achilles tendon ruptures, visit our website, Seattle Achilles Rupture & Injury Doctor | Ankle and Foot Specialist.
Below is an MRI revealing an Achilles tendon rupture with 16.9 mm gap. The Achilles tendon was repaired and the patient is doing very well after surgery.
Accidents happen. Maybe you missed the last step coming down stairs or fell playing basketball. Now you are looking at X-ray’s of a broken ankle at an urgent care facility. We know this is not the way you wanted to spend Sunday afternoon. Dr. Christensen, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Bowlby all have extensive experience in trauma surgery. We will be able to schedule both an appointment and surgery promptly so that you can start healing ASAP! Below is an example of a patient that sustained an ankle fracture while skate boarding. After surgery, the patient is doing very well and their bones have healed.