Innovative Treatment Options for Foot & Ankle Conditions
Crystal Clinic is proud to be on the cutting-edge of the latest surgical and nonsurgical approaches. Whether our surgeons have developed a new procedure themselves or embraced the newest advancements in technology and treatments, you can always expect to receive state-of-the-art care for your condition.
Thanks to a new surgical tool that’s recently become available in the United States, people who have bunions now have another option for correcting them. The Minimally Invasive Chevron Akin (MICA) technique uses a specially designed high-speed cutting instrument that allows surgeons to make smaller incisions than previously possible. Traditional bunion surgeries involve a somewhat longer incision where the bony deformity is corrected and stabilized with small plates and screws that are designed for the foot. The soft tissues are then repaired to correct the pre-existing deformity.
Some of the potential benefits of MICA may include less pain, smaller incisions, and quicker healing.
Total Ankle Replacement
Total ankle replacement surgery is used to treat the pain and immobility of severe, end-stage arthritis that has not responded to nonsurgical treatments. The goal of this surgery is to eliminate pain and increase the mobility of the ankle joint.
Like other joint replacements, this procedure involves replacing the damaged joint with a new one made of metal and plastic. During the surgery, these components are attached to the talus and tibia bones to ensure a tight fit of the new prosthesis. Afterwards, most patients remain in the hospital for a few days.
Recovery time is quicker than with fusion, the other technique for treating severe ankle arthritis. Patients can expect to see significant improvement in the first three to six months, and will continue to improve for at least one year, as is generally the case for all foot and ankle problems.
Physical therapy usually begins soon after surgery and continues for about three months to help regain the full range of motion. Typically, patients can move their ankle within two weeks, progressing to full weight-bearing exercises after six weeks. Because ankle replacement relies upon ingrowth of the bone into the joint, total recovery usually takes up to one year.