At Shoreline Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons use a truly collaborative approach so our patients have the benefit of multiple expert opinions, without having to go elsewhere to obtain them.
Shoreline Orthopaedics provides more comprehensive services, state-of-the-art options, technologies and techniques than anyone else in the area.
The following information is provided to help you understand what you can expect from us regarding policies and procedures, and also what is expected of you before and after treatment or procedures.
The following information is provided to help you gain a better understanding of anatomy, terminology, certain orthopaedic procedures, and more. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your physician.
The ankle joint connects the leg and the foot. It is formed by three separate bones, the tibia, fibula and talus. The shinbone (tibia) supports most of a person's weight when standing. The outer bone (fibula) is the smaller bone of the lower leg. A small, irregular-shaped foot bone (talus) connects the tibia and fibula. Acting as a hinge, these bones form the ankle. The ankle joint allows movement such as walking, running and jumping, and also contributes to lower limb stability.
The ankle is reinforced by fibrous tissue (ligaments) that connects bone to bone. Ligaments have an elastic structure that allows them to stretch, within their limits, and then return to their normal positions. Ligaments protect the ankle from abnormal movements-especially twisting, turning and rolling of the foot.
Arthritis is inflammation that can cause pain and stiffness in any joint in the body. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative or "wear-and-tear" arthritis, is a common problem for many people after reaching middle age. It is often experienced in the small joints of the foot and ankle. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away, becoming frayed and rough. As protective space between the bones decreases, it can result in bone rubbing on bone, causing painful osteophytes (bone spurs).
Your physician may suggest changes in your daily lifestyle that can help relieve the pain of arthritis and slow the progression of the disease. If appropriate, a foot and ankle conditioning program may be recommended.
If your pain causes disability and is not relieved by nonsurgical treatment, surgery may be recommended. The appropriate surgery will depend on the type and location of the arthritis and the impact of the disease on your joints. In some cases, more than one type of surgery may be recommended.
With any surgery there are some risks, and these vary from person to person. Complications are typically minor, treatable and unlikely to affect your final outcome. Your orthopaedic surgeon will speak to you prior to surgery to explain any potential risks and complications that may be associated with your procedure.
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