If you experience chronic foot or ankle pain and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, consider foot and ankle surgery. At Willamette Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Myles Knutson, DPM, specializes in foot and ankle surgery. Using traditional and minimally invasive state-of-the-art techniques, he can restore your mobility and improve your quality of life. To make an appointment, call the office in Lake Oswego, Oregon, or click the online booking feature today.
Foot and ankle surgery uses special tools to treat diseases or injuries affecting your feet or ankles. Some of these procedures use traditional open techniques and require a stay in the hospital; others are minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis.
Even though foot and ankle surgery is safe and effective, Dr. Knutson usually reserves it for issues that don’t respond to more conservative treatments. That’s because he believes noninvasive options should be exhausted prior to surgical intervention.
Dr. Knutson offers several types of foot and ankle surgery, including:
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a bright light and a high-definition camera –– to access the hard and soft tissues in your ankle. Dr. Knutson can insert special tools through the arthroscope and make repairs to your ligaments, tendons, muscles, or bones.
Ankle replacement surgery involves Dr. Knutson removing your damaged or diseased ankle joint and replacing it with an artificial prosthesis. The prosthesis functions just like your joint, relieving pain and restoring your mobility.
Bunion surgery refers to several procedures that realign the bones at the front of your foot. Dr. Knutson offers several types of bunion surgery, including chevron and lapidus bunionectomy and minimally invasive bunion correction.
Fracture repair is a type of foot and ankle surgery that fixes a broken bone. If you experience an injury and a bone breaks into multiple pieces, Dr. Knutson might use reconstructive surgery to put it back together.
During fracture repair, Dr. Knutson inserts pins, rods, plates, and screws through small incisions in your skin. These tools hold your bones in the proper position, allowing them to fuse together.
If you tear or rupture a tendon or a ligament, Dr. Knutson might recommend soft tissue reconstruction. Soft tissue reconstruction can significantly reduce inflammation and speed up your return to the court or playing field.
Before recommending foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Knutson reviews your medical history and conducts an exam of your feet and ankles. Whenever possible, Dr. Knutson recommends conservative treatments. However, if your symptoms persist or get worse, you might benefit from surgery.
To request a foot and ankle surgery consultation at Willamette Foot & Ankle, call the office or click the online booking feature today.