A New Approach to a Common Injury
Traditionally, mid-foot fractures are repaired with metal screws that stabilize and fuse the bones back together. The screws are rigid, which limits movement, and they need to be surgically removed once the bones heal.
To reduce Joanie’s risk of arthritis and ensure she wouldn’t lose any function, Dr. DeWaters repaired the injury using a flexible approach called a mini-TightRope™. During this procedure, two buttons connected by fiber wire are placed across the affected bones and ligaments to stabilize them while they heal. Since the wire is flexible, it doesn’t need to be removed. In addition, patients can start physical therapy sooner and return to physical activity quicker with this technique.
“Dr. DeWaters knew I was eager to get back on my boards, so she researched each surgical option and consulted with her colleagues to find the best solution,” Joanie explains.
After surgery, Joanie used a knee scooter to get around and graduated to a walking boot a few weeks later. Physical therapy helped strengthen her muscles and improve her range of motion. Four months after surgery, Joanie was stand-up paddleboarding and getting used to using her feet again. Soon after, she leashed up and paddled out into the ocean.
“I don’t act like I’m in my 50s and I don’t want to,” Joanie says. “I want to keep doing what I’m doing until I can’t. Luckily, I’m back to what I love.”
For more information on podiatric surgery at CentraState, visit centrastate.com/podiatry or call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).