Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to diagnose and treat various ankle joint conditions. This specialized technique involves the use of a small camera, known as an arthroscope, which is inserted into the ankle joint through tiny incisions. The arthroscope transmits high-quality images to a monitor, allowing the podiatric surgeon to visualize the internal structures of the ankle in detail. This procedure is particularly beneficial for addressing issues such as joint inflammation, cartilage damage, and ligament injuries. During ankle arthroscopy, the surgeon can also perform corrective measures by utilizing additional small instruments, minimizing the need for larger incisions. The advantage of ankle arthroscopy lies in its reduced invasiveness, resulting in shorter recovery times, less postoperative pain, and a quicker return to regular activities. If you have chronic ankle pain or have endured an ankle injury, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if this type of foot surgery is appropriate for you.
Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.