1 in 3 Unstable Ankles Has Cartilage Damage

Many people have sprained their ankles a few times in their lives. As they age, they begin to notice pain after exercise, and most ignore that pain. Now a new study shows that in 1 in 3 ankles where the ligaments are loose, there is already cartilage damage. The Ankle Ligaments The main ankle ligaments…read more

4 Simple Steps to Wrap a Sprained Ankle With KT Tape

On this page: Does wrapping your ankle help? How does KT tape work? Ankle taping video, instructions and tips I sprained my ankle and trashed my lateral ligaments many years ago and became dependent on athletic tape to function until I discovered PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections. I had two treatments one month apart and have…read more

Living With a Subtalar Fusion: Do You Really Need Surgery?

On this page: What is the subtalar joint? What is subtalar arthritis? What is a subtalar fusion? Are ankle fusions successful? Can subtalar arthritis be treated without ankle fusion? Can you treat the subtalar joint with orthobiologics? How many patients can avoid a subtalar fusion? The subtalar joint is sort of the red-headed stepchild of…read more

Should You Get an Ankle Fusion?

Do you need an ankle fusion surgery? Ankle fusion has become a common surgical solution for ankle arthritis, but it’s obviously a big surgery with lots of things to consider before pulling the trigger. Let’s dig in. What Does Fusing the Ankle Mean? First, ankle fusions are typically performed for patients who have moderate to…read more

Outside Ankle Pain? What Could Be Wrong?

Outside ankle pain is common. So what’s here that could be causing your pain? How should this be diagnosed? Let’s dive in. What’s Here? There are few things that can cause outside ankle pain. First, this is where the peroneus brevis and longus tendons live, so small tears in those ligaments or degeneration (tendinopathy) can…read more

Why a Normal MRI Report May Be an Increasingly Dangerous Thing…

We see patients every day who have normal MRI’s and pain and patients who have abnormal MRI’s and little pain. I’ve blogged about this extensively. Given that, for orthopedic imaging, a well-trained and observant physician can usually find more than the reading radiologist and also knows where to look, reading the MRI personally is a…read more

A Maximally Damaged Ankle and Surprising Results

When I first met Don and he showed me his ankle, I think I said or thought, “Wow!” It was twice as big as his other ankle due to the surgical free flaps, and his MRI looked like a bomb had gone off in his talus bone. When we discussed whether stem cells could help,…read more

Ankle Sore After Walking? What’s Wrong and How to Fix It

On this page: Ankle anatomy Why does my ankle hurt when I walk? What is ankle instability? How do you treat ankle instability? Our ankles have a big job to do, carrying around the weight of our entire body, certainly more than other weight-bearing joints, like our hips and knees. If everything is normal in…read more
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