If you ever need information on the various construction projects happening here in Richardson, the city’s website is a fantastic resource. You can learn about road projects that are currently underway or find out if the detour you’ve been taking is no longer necessary. Road maintenance sometimes means having to open up a section of a street and work underneath the surface. In a similar way, we sometimes need to use surgery to get beneath the surface and repair injured ankles for our patients.
Our goal is to address foot and ankle issues with conservative care as often as possible, but there are times when we need to rely on various types of ankle surgeries for optimal healing and patient health. If we are recommending this to you, you can rest assured in the knowledge that we have exhausted nonsurgical options first.
Some of the conditions that may require ankle surgery include fractures, arthritis, and even Achilles tendon injuries. When addressing these issues with a surgical procedure, we might use arthroscopy or ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation). Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a fiber optic cable to allow us to see what is happening on a monitor while we mend damaged tissue. ORIF, on the other hand, is a more traditional method that can be used to set fractured bones in place so they heal correctly.
Surgery for an ankle fracture can be performed in a couple of different ways, depending on where the fracture has been sustained and its severity. We may use screws, plates, pins, or rods to keep bone fragments in place while the body goes through its stages of bone repair. In some cases, we may need to use a procedure known as bone grafting. This entails removing some tissue from a healthy bone and using it as a type of scaffolding for new bone tissue to grow on.
In addition to fractures, ankle arthritis can also sometimes be addressed with surgery. For arthritic conditions, there are a couple of surgical options, including ankle fusion and ankle replacement.The important thing to remember is that we reserve ankle surgery only for cases where conservative treatment is unable to provide desired results. No matter which form of treatment will help you overcome your ankle injury, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to provide it. Contact us by calling (972) 690-5374 for more information or use our online form to schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office today.