Posts for: March, 2019
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.
A fallen arch (also known as Adult Acquired Flatfoot or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)), is a progressive condition that involves weakening of a tendon and ligaments that support the inside arch. You will begin to notice arch pain and collapse of the arch with an outward shift of the forefoot/heel and inward shift of the ankle. Orthotics and physical therapy can be helpful in the early stages, but in later stages a custom brace or surgery is required.
Below is an example of a patient that had severe arch collapse and arthritis as a result of a weak posterior tibial tendon. After reconstructive surgery, the patient is greatly improved. To learn more about surgery, visit our website page (Adult Flatfoot Reconstruction).
Yoga is a great for your mind, body and soul! We recommend yoga practice to a lot of our patients, especially those with tight calves, tendinitis, or plantar fasciitis. Yoga helps improve balance and is good for rehab after an ankle sprain. Yoga is excellent for injury prevention too. Whether you take a class or do a video at home, yoga can help you stretch and strengthen your body.
A dancer’s fracture is a fracture in the shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone. Like the name implies this fracture is common in dancers but can occur during any inversion injury. Unlike a Jones fracture, a dancer’s fracture usually heals very well and surgery is usually not needed. Typically, a patient may be weightbearing in a removable cast boot for six weeks after a dancer's fracture. Serial X-rays are performed to check the healing progress. If the fracture fragments are displaced very far apart, surgery may be considered. In this case, usually the patient is non-weightbearing for two weeks followed by protected weightbearing in a cast boot for an additional four weeks.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelets are pieces of blood cells that play a large role in blood clotting. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then prepared by separating and concentrating the platelets from other blood cells, thereby creating a platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into an injured area of the body, such as the Achilles tendon. The PRP contains concentrated growth factors released by the platelets that have been shown to promote tissue healing.
What happens after the injection?
Depending on the area that is injected, immobilization may be necessary for a couple of weeks followed by continuing physical therapy. It may take several months before the maximum benefit of the PRP is seen.
Why isn’t PRP covered by insurance?
PRP is only indicated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the operating room with bone grafting procedures. Although research does support other uses, they are considered “off label” and therefore not covered by insurance companies.
To learn more about PRP, give us a call today!