Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to the Seattle Foot and Ankle Center, where we provide specialty foot and ankle medical and surgical care.  In this blog you will find educational articles, get updates on what is happening in the practice, as well as articles and commentaries on health in general.  Visit often, as information is updated.  

Achilles Tendon Ruptures

There is debate whether surgery or conservative methods are indicated for Achilles tendon ruptures. Reasons to consider surgery include: Most current treatment algorithms agree on surgical repair for non-obese healthy active individuals younger than 30 to 35 years of age with a rupture gap greater than two centimeters. New mini-open and percutaneous techniques with lower … Read more Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Cracked Heels

Heel Fissures from Chicago Health SMB Brands on Vimeo. Evaluation for cracked heels needs to include an assessment of the depth of any fissures and whether they are infected and need antibiotic treatment.  There may also be thick skin and callusing around the crack that needs to be trimmed down.  Once this problem is fixed, … Read more Cracked Heels

Frostbite

Frostbite from Chicago Health SMB Brands on Vimeo. Extreme cold temperatures may cause permanent damage to the structures of the foot and ankle, including blood vessels, nerves and skin.  It is important to get the condition treated right away, and ongoing treatment may be necessary to ensure the best function of the foot. Frostbite occurs … Read more Frostbite

Blisters

Blisters from Chicago Health SMB Brands on Vimeo. Blisters are caused by increased friction on the skin of the feet due to activity.  Well-fitting shoes and even double socks may be needed to treat the condition.  If blisters are deep, the underlying skin could be ulcerated or cause an infection.  These conditions need to be … Read more Blisters