Ankle arthroscopy is a procedure that’s been used by the orthopedic community for a while, and now Adler Footcare is excited to begin using the procedure to help people suffering from problems causing foot and ankle pain. Quickly learn how it works and how you can benefit from it in the frequently asked questions below.
1. What is the purpose of ankle arthroscopy?
The purpose of ankle arthroscopy is providing a way to go into a joint and explore it without opening up the patient in a traditional sense. It allows for a faster recovery time and causes minimal pain.
2. How does the procedure work?
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s performed by making two very small pinpoint incisions utilizing a tiny camera on one end and a medical instrument on the other. The instruments used clean out the joint by using a water pump type feature, essentially “sucking out” the unhealthy tissues.
3. What problems does it help treat?
Arthritis and any kind of inflammatory reactions in the joint causing the foot and ankle pain can be treated using ankle arthroscopy. It was primarily used by orthopedic doctors in big joints such as the knee or shoulder, but now is used in smaller joints such as the ankle, when necessary.
4. What is the recovery time?
Ankle arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure, so the patient is in and out right away. The procedure usually takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the severity of the joint, then the patient is able to walk out of the office in a surgical boot. Patients can expect to be wearing a bandage and surgical boot in the beginning while transitioning into the shoe, and a total average recovery time of 3 to 4 weeks.
5. Does it hurt?
Patients don’t experience any foot or ankle pain during the procedure because local anesthesia is used. For a short period of time of approximately 3 to 4 weeks following the ankle arthroscopy, swelling may occur and cause a minimal amount of pain.
6. Who is a candidate?
Anyone with foot and ankle pain in their joints can benefit from ankle arthroscopy. Especially if they want a procedure done in a minimally invasive way that doesn’t cut their foot open! While anyone can have the procedure done, an x-ray and ultrasound can help to show the severity of the joint to determine if the ankle arthroscopy is the most ideal treatment for their problem.
7. What are other benefits?
In addition to the procedure being the epitome of minimally invasive surgery, podiatrists also have the advantage of seeing what they’re operating on without the necessity of opening the patient up and causing the unnecessary trauma that’s common when performing traditional surgery.
8. Are there any negative aspects?
Ultimately, ankle arthroscopy is a good choice for anyone experiencing joint, foot and ankle pain. There are very little negative aspects. Sometimes, a person is not a good candidate because they have arthritis that is too severe, in which case they would need to look at other options.
9. When will Adler Footcare begin using it?
Adler Footcare is specially certified to use the ankle arthroscopy equipment and will begin offering it to patients in March 2015.
10. How do I learn more about treatments for foot and ankle pain?
You can also contact our office directly to schedule a consultation. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.