The Sigvard T. Hansen Jr. Foot and Ankle Institute in Seattle specializes in surgical and nonsurgical treatment of traumatic injuries, overuse syndromes, genetic anomalies, deformities and arthritis. We also provide podiatry services such as diabetic nail care, orthotics prescriptions and management of foot fungus.
Our orthopaedic surgeons, physicians and clinic staff expertly assess patients’ foot, ankle and lower-leg conditions. The institute is part of UW Medicine’s orthopaedic program, which in 2009 was ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top such services.
We treat complex problems related to nerves, muscles and biomechanics, as well as common ailments such as flat foot and fractures.
Most people have foot or ankle problems during their lives. We often see patients who have not found relief with previous treatments. Some people have tolerated problems, thinking that discomfort is a natural part of aging. In many circumstances, however, we can offer treatment options that alleviate foot and ankle pain.
Our specialists treat the following conditions:
- Ankle instability
- Cavus foot (high arch)
- Charcot Marie Tooth
- Diabetic deformities
- Flat foot
- Hammer toes
- Overuse/biomechanical syndromes
- Polio and other neuromuscular problems
- Post-traumatic / surgical conditions
- Sports injuries
Conditions not treated include acute infections and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Ankle Replacement Surgery for Arthritis
The ankle – known medically as the tibiotalar joint – lets your foot tilt up, down and sideways. It is composed of the end of the tibia (the long bone better known as your shinbone), the fibula (the narrow bone to the outside of your shinbone), and the talus (the bone atop the foot that fits into the other two).
Cartilage on the end of the bones allows them to comfortably slide...
Surgical Treatment for Ankle Arthritis
Dr. Bruce Sangeorzan, UW Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, talks about surgical treatment for ankle arthritis and total ankle replacement.