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By Dr. Bowlby
July 23, 2019
Category: Ankle Care

We now carry the Acute Tayco External Ankle Brace!

Product Highlights

TayCo Can Successfully Replace:

Walking Boot

  • Heavy (3-4 lbs.)
  • Cumbersome
  • Limb imbalance resulting in hip/back pain Limited traction (can result in fall)
  • Prevents use of standard orthotic
  • Bulky

TayCo External Ankle Brace

  • Lightweight (typically 12 oz.)
  • Stable and agile
  • No limb imbalance
  • Traction and stability of own shoe
  • Sleek and comfortable

Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

  • Uncomfortable
  • Can cause sores and soft tissue problems
  • Prevents use of standard orthotic
  • Awkward fit inside shoe

TayCo External Ankle Brace

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Reduction of soft tissue problems
  • Custom fit outside the shoe

Traditional Ankle Brace

  • Limited stability
  • Bulky, uncomfortable
  • Prevents use of standard orthotic
  • Awkward fit inside shoe
    • (often requires a different size shoe)
  • Can cause limb imbalance resulting in hip/back pain
  • Limited performance

TayCo External Ankle Brace

  • Improved stability (biomechanically superior)
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Allows user to comfortably wear his/her orthotic
  • Comfortably worn with user’s own shoe
  • No limb imbalance
  • Enhanced performance
 

         Features and Benefits

  • Immediate Functional Recovery
  • Lightweight
  • Maximum Stability
  • Premium Comfort
  • Enhanced Mobility
  • Minimizes Deconditioning
  • Fixed and ROM Capability
 

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

 

Turf toe taping is a good taping technique for anyone who has a sprain of the big toe joint, called a Turf Toe injury.

What you'll need: 1 and 2 inch athletic tape. Spray adhesive for skin can help athletic tape stick better and longer. 

Watch our video below to see Dr. Bowlby demonstrate one version of the turf toe taping technique. 

 

Tight calves can play a role in many foot and ankle conditions, especially Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, flat feet and ball of the foot pain.  Below Dr. Bowlby is demonstrating  our recommended calf stretch that will stretch both muscles in your calf, the gastrocnemius and the soleus muscle. 

To stretch the right calf (as Dr. Bowlby is demonstrating):

Gastrocnemius stretch: Push against the wall, with your right leg the furthest back and knee straight. Hold this pose for one minute. 

Soleus stretch: Push against the wall, with your right leg the furthest back and knee bent. Be sure to keep your heel down the whole time. Hold this pose for one minute. 

To stretch the left calf:

Gastrocnemius stretch: Push against the wall, with your left leg the furthest back and knee straight. Hold this pose for one minute. 

Soleus stretch: Push against the wall, with your left leg the furthest back and knee bent. Be sure to keep your heel down the whole time. Hold this pose for one minute. 

Repeat 2 more times, twice a day.

 

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.