Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Colorado Springs, CO
If you suffer a serious fracture or sports-related injury, you might benefit from treatment with ankle surgery. At Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado, board-certified podiatrists and ankle surgeons Matthew Hinderland, DPM, Jordan Cameron, DPM, Trevor Whiting, DPM, and Joseph Fleck, DPM, proudly offer several types of ankle surgery including ankle arthroscopy, ankle replacement surgery, and treatment for trauma. To request your ankle surgery consultation today, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.
Ankle Surgery Q & A
What is ankle surgery?
Ankle surgery is a type of orthopedic surgery designed to treat, diagnose, and prevent problems that affect the feet and ankles.
Whenever possible, the providers at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado use conservative, noninvasive treatments to address ankle problems. However, certain issues such as fractures, tendon ruptures, and slow healing wounds require surgical treatment.
Why would I need ankle surgery?
Most people with ankle problems don’t need surgery. Your podiatrist makes the decision to operate based on several mitigating factors, including:
- The severity of your symptoms
- Your individual health history
- Whether you’ve responded to other types of treatment
Ankle surgery is rarely a matter of life or death, but if you live an active lifestyle or enjoy playing sports, it may be necessary.
Certain ankle problems such as severe arthritis, fractures, and dislocations result in complex and painful symptoms. Sometimes, surgical intervention is the only way to provide adequate relief.
What types of ankle surgery are offered?
At Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, the providers offer several types of ankle surgery including:
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that involves your surgeon making a small incision in your ankle and using a tool called an arthroscope –– a skinny tube with a high-definition camera on the end -– to diagnose the problem.
The arthroscope feeds images to a digital monitor your provider uses to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. If necessary, your surgeon can perform surgical repairs through the same incision. Ankle arthroscopy is quick, relatively pain-free, and promises a much quicker recovery time than traditional surgery.
Ankle replacement surgery
If one or both of your ankles is severely arthritic, your podiatrist might recommend ankle replacement surgery. During this type of surgery, your surgeon removes the damaged or decaying parts of your joint and replaces them with a metallic prosthesis.
Treatment for trauma
If you suffer a crush injury or severe ankle sprain, you might also benefit from ankle surgery. Ultimately, the goal of treatment for trauma is to reset your bones and restore full function to your feet and ankles.
Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, they can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
Request your ankle surgery consultation today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool. It’s the first step toward pain relief and improved mobility.
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