Foot Surgeons Great Falls MT

Local resource for foot surgeons in Great Falls. Includes detailed information on local clinics that provide access to foot surgery, as well as advice and content on podiatrists and maintaining healthy feet.

James G. Clough, DPM
(406) 761-2222
Foot & Ankle Clinic of MT , 1301 11th Ave. S. #6
Great Falls, MT
 
David B. Huebner, DPM
(406) 454-2171
Clinic , 1400 29th St. S.
Great Falls, MT
 
Ronald G. Ray, DPM
(406) 761-2222
Foot & Ankle Clinic of MT , 1301 11th Ave. S. #6
Great Falls, MT
 
David Lawrence Harker, MD
(801) 262-8120
1314 24th Ave SW
Great Falls, MT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1990

Data Provided By:
Chad Michael Engan, MD
(406) 788-2866
304 Fox Dr
Great Falls, MT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1998

Data Provided By:
Gina Marie Painter, DPM
OrthopedicAssociates , P.O.Box6988
Great Falls, MT
 
Alicia M. Teausant, DPM
(406) 761-2222
Foot & Ankle Clinic of MT , 1401 17th Ave. S.
Great Falls, MT
 
Walter C Vashaw, MD FACS
2717 Jasper Rd
Great Falls, MT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington (st. Louis)
Graduation Year: 1962

Data Provided By:
Charles Robert Astrin, MD FACS
(406) 452-0876
30 Heron Bank Rd
Great Falls, MT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: California(san Francisco)
Graduation Year: 1969

Data Provided By:
Brett Alan Williams
(406) 761-6500
1300 28th Street South
Great Falls, MT
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Data Provided By:
Data Provided By:

Keeping Up With the Latest in Foot and Ankle Surgery

In an effort to help orthopedic surgeons keep up with the latest research, the authors of this specialty update present a summary of evidence related to foot and ankle surgery. More than a dozen of the most common problems are presented including ankle fractures, calcaneal (heel bone) fractures, chronic ankle instability, ankle joint replacement, ankle fusion, diabetes-related problems, tendon problems, bunions, impingement problems, foot deformities, and amputations.

By reviewing all studies published in the last year on foot and ankle surgeries and summarizing presentations made at orthopedic meetings, the information presented hits the high points of what's new. Surgeons reading this summary can then decide if they need to delve deeper into the literature for themselves.

When it comes to trauma resulting in ankle fractures, MRIs and arthroscopy now make it possible to see that the joint surface is often damaged with more severe ankle fractures. Surgeons must be on the look out for lesions of the articular surface of the joint. Sometimes the force is enough to break off bits of cartilage and bone leaving them inside the joint as a loose body. The surgeon must look for, find, and remove these fragments.

Severe ankle fractures may require open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). An open incision is made; the fracture site is realigned; and metal plates, pins, and/or screws are used to stabilize (hold) everything together. This type of fixation works well with few complications. Problems occur most often in patients with diabetes and poor circulation. Surgeons are advised to keep a close eye on these patients during the post-operative period to prevent infections and the need for amputation.

And a final note on ankle fractures in particular. Surgeons often debate the need to cast or immobilize the ankle after surgery versus having the patient move the ankle early in order to keep joint mobile. So far, it looks like early motion is better but has some risks. Early motion helps prevent blood clots but seems to increase the risk of wound infection. The surgeon should strive for early mobility but make the decision based on each patient's individual characteristics and risk factors.

As for calcaneal (heel bone) fractures, there's enough evidence now to show that these patients end up with painful arthritis and foot deformities. Can these be prevented? Are they the result of the type of treatment (surgery vs. nonoperative care) provided in the first place? All evidence points to a better end-result when open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is later followed by fusion of the joint.

Efforts are being made to place screws percutaneously (through the skin without an open incision) for the fixation of calcaneal fractures. Using titanium screws instead of metal plates seems to work well and reduces the risk of wound infection.

Severe ankle pain following repeated ankle sprains or caused by traumatic arthritis that ...

Click here to read the rest of this article from eOrthopod.com