At Brighton Foot and Ankle, we offer comprehensive Ankle Arthroscopy.
Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Are you experiencing foot or ankle pain due to injuries, arthritis, or other conditions? The cutting-edge field of arthroscopy can provide a minimally invasive solution to address various foot and ankle issues, allowing you to regain mobility and live your life without pain. Dr. Castelein specializes in foot and ankle arthroscopy, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to provide you with effective and efficient treatments.
Arthroscopy of the foot and ankle is a minimally invasive surgical technique that involves the use of miniature cameras and specialized instruments to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the joints, tendons and small structures within the foot and ankle. This advanced technology enables Dr. Castelein to examine and treat tendons, ligaments and joints with incredible precision, making accurate diagnoses and verifying pathologies. Foot and ankle arthroscopy also allows for treatment of various conditions throughout the foot and ankle without the need for traditional, invasive procedures.
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Advantages of Arthroscopy
- Minimal Incision: Arthroscopic procedures require only small incisions, significantly reducing tissue damage and minimizing scarring.
- Less Stress on the Foot and Ankle: The minimally invasive nature of arthroscopy means less disruption to surrounding tissues, leading to reduced stress on the foot and ankle.
- Less Pain: With smaller incisions and reduced tissue trauma, patients often experience less postoperative pain compared to traditional open surgeries.
- Faster Recovery Time: Due to the smaller incisions and reduced tissue trauma, patients generally experience faster recovery times and are able to return to their daily activities sooner.
- Reduced Complications: The precision of arthroscopic techniques lowers the risk of complications associated with traditional open surgeries.
Conditions Treated with Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy
Foot and ankle arthroscopy are utilized to treat a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
Arthroscopy can be used to address injuries resulting from accidents or sports-related activities, aiding in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of fractures and joint damage. Arthroscopy ensures maximum joint repair to best reduce future arthritis.
Nonhealing and Chronic Injuries:
Chronic conditions such as tendonitis, ligament injuries, and stress fractures can be effectively treated through arthroscopic techniques.
Arthroscopy helps diagnose and treat arthritis by removing inflamed tissue surrounding the joint, reducing bone spurs, and allowing for increased joint range of motion.
Inflammation of tendons can be accurately diagnosed and treated through arthroscopy, promoting healing and reducing pain.
Osteochondral Defects (OCD) or Cartilage Defects:
Arthroscopy enables precise treatment of cartilage defects and OCD, improving joint function and reducing discomfort.
Joint Fusion (Arthrodesis):
For cases requiring joint fusion, arthroscopy provides a minimally invasive approach, promoting proper alignment and improved joint function.
Areas of Application
Arthroscopic procedures are performed in various areas of the foot and ankle, including:
Arthroscopy can be combined with other procedures to enhance treatment outcomes. For example:
Chronic Ankle Instability and Brostrom Procedure: Arthroscopy can be used in conjunction with the Brostrom procedure to address chronic ankle instability and restore/repair the ligaments to the ankle joint.
Cartilage Defect Repair: Arthroscopy aids in repairing cartilage defects or tears, restoring joint function and reducing pain.
Acute Fractures: Arthroscopy ensures the accurate alignment of joint fractures, promoting proper healing and joint function.
Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession (EGR): This procedure addresses tightness in the calf muscle (gastrocnemius). By incorporating arthroscopy, Dr. Castelein can accurately lengthen and reduce contracture to the calf muscles. The integration of arthroscopy enhances the outcomes of EGR procedures by ensuring comprehensive correction and reducing the risk of recurrence while reducing recovery time.
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF): The EPF procedure aims to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis by releasing tension in the plantar fascia. Incorporating arthroscopy into EPF procedures allows Dr. Castelein to meticulously evaluate the condition of the plantar fascia and accurately identify the areas requiring intervention. By using miniature cameras and specialized instruments, arthroscopy enhances the precision of the plantar fasciotomy, resulting in more effective relief from pain and improved function.
Recovery from Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy
The recovery process following foot or ankle arthroscopy is generally faster and less painful compared with traditional open surgeries. Patients can expect to experience reduced swelling, a quicker return to weight-bearing activities, and a shorter rehabilitation period. Dr. Castelein provides you with personalized postoperative instructions and a rehabilitation plan to optimize your recovery.
If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, Dr. Castelein is here to help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore the benefits of foot and ankle arthroscopy for accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and a faster return to a pain-free lifestyle.
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