Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy |MedStar Health

Our experienced orthopedic surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for lower extremity conditions.

What is foot and ankle arthroscopy?

It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to repair a variety of foot and ankle conditions and injuries, including ankle instability and cartilage injuries. This type of minimally invasive procedure benefits patients by minimizing pain and allowing for a faster recovery than traditional surgery.

Why is this type of procedure performed?

It is usually offered as an alternative surgery option, which can reduce pain and recovery time compared to traditional foot or ankle surgery. We use arthroscopy primarily to address one or more of the following foot or ankle conditions:

  • Ankle instability and sprains
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Large bone spur removal
  • Treatment of cartilage defects
  • Post-fracture stiffness

What does this procedure involve?

During the procedure, an experienced surgeon will insert an arthroscope into the affected area of your foot or ankle. An arthroscope is a thin, flexible medical tool that has a camera at one end. This camera transfers images to a large screen viewable by your doctor during your procedure. This gives your orthopedic surgeon clear visibility while performing your operation without the need for open surgery. Your surgeon can also insert specialized instruments through a second small incision to reach and repair the affected area.

What does recovery involve?

Recovery from the procedure is generally faster and less painful than recovery from traditional surgery. You may feel stiff or sore immediately after surgery, but you may even be able to get right back to walking. We may recommend that you walk slowly and gently, keep your foot and ankle elevated, and ice the area to minimize pain and swelling. We may also encourage you to do physical therapy exercises to rebuild your strength and range of motion. Your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will discuss the details of your recovery process with you before your procedure.

What are the benefits of having this procedure?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having surgery:

  • Foot and ankle pain relief
  • Restored range of motion in the joint
  • Improved strength
  • Ability to return to normal activities