Advances In Sports Medicine

In the past few years surgeries for sports related injuries have seen tremendous advances.  These include new implants, such as the internal brace.  This device allows patients with ankle instability to undergo surgery followed by a rapid rehabilitation protocol.  Patients no longer require long periods in a cast or prolonged periods of time on crutches. Other advances include minimally invasive surgery for Achille’s tendon ruptures and certain fractures.  Arthroscopic surgery is now performed on joints other than the ankle.  This allows surgeons to treat a diverse set of injuries to […]

Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis is a disabling disease. Patients suffer from pain that is worse with activity and associated with poor range of motion.  The most common cause is a previous trauma, such as a broken ankle.  Other causes include degenerative arthritis (seen in older individuals), chronic ankle instability, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other types of inflammatory arthritis.  Treatment always begins with conservative measures.  These include anti-inflammatories, Tylenol, steroid injections, bracing, and activity modification.  If these treatments fail, surgery may be an alternative.  Surgical options include and fusion and ankle replacement.  The […]

Ankle Sprains

What You Need to Know About Ankle Sprains: Ankle sprains are one of the most frequent injuries to effect people of all activity levels. They occur not only in athletes but in laborers, and average people who are simply walking and “twist their ankle.” Although the twist may be minor, people will often have prolonged swelling, pain over the outside of the ankle, and some have frequent giving way. Treatment should begin with “R.I.C.E.” principles. These include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen […]