Ankle Deformity

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Post-traumatic or congenital deformities around the ankle may lead to abnormal forces across the ankle joint resulting in arthritis.  Correcting these deformities to realign the ankle joint can improve the pain and dysfunction associated with ankle arthritis.

We employ special X-rays to evaluate the alignment above and below the ankle joint and offer a variety of correction options depending on the deformity present.

These include supramalleolar osteotomy for correction of distal tibial varus or valgus malalignment, and hindfoot osteotomy for realignment of calcaneus varus or valgus malalignment.

These procedures may need to be augmented with ligament repair or reconstruction and/or fusion (arthrodesis).

Conditions Dr. Todd Kim Treats

Utilizing the Ilizarov Deformity Correction Approach

  • Trauma- tibia fractures,

  • Ankle fractures

  • Ankle Fusion

  • Complications of trauma: nonunions of tibia fractures, infected nonunions

  • Deformity or limb lengthening: malunion, crooked or shortened legs, tibias,

Taylor Spatial Frame

tsf_banner_520x200The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME fixator utilized by Dr. Todd Kim as an external device for limb correction, lengthening and/or straightening that is based on the ILIZAROV™ method.

This external fixator takes advantage of the body’s natural ability to grow healthy new bone tissue and gives the surgeon the ability to accurately move bones to their correct anatomic alignment.

The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device fits around your limb and is attached to the bone with pins or wires that extend from the rings, through the skin and bone to the other side.

The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device is a circular, metal frame with two rings that connect with six telescopic struts that can be independently lengthened or shortened relative to the rest of the frame. This allows for six different axes of movement, which gives the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device the ability to correct even the most difficult congenital deformities and trauma cases.

When using the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device, Dr. Kim inputs information about your original bone deformity into an advanced web-based computer application. This information is then interpreted by the software and a day-by-day treatment plan is created. The software also creates an image of your deformity on screen and shows how the bones should be moving each day, until the bones are completely set in proper alignment.

You then make daily adjustments to the struts, depending on your prescribed course of treatment. As the adjustments are made, the rings are repositioned with respect to each other, moving bones in the directions necessary for treatment.

Dr. Kim is able to make a side-by-side comparison of current X-Rays and the projected plan of treatment graphics created by the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device software. This comparison ensures that your bones are healing in the correct alignment and at the appropriate pace. The TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME External Fixator is a winner of the Medical Device Excellence Award.

Dr. Todd Kim ~ Orthopedic Surgeon

“Although I treat many patients with similar orthopedic injuries, I believe that the best outcomes for patients result from individualized treatment plans. Not every injury is the same. And to be sure, every patient has his or her own goals. Whether your hope is to return to a high level of competitive sports or to be able to walk your dog without pain, forming the best treatment plan requires excellent communication and trust with your surgeon. I am committed to listening and working with you to find the best treatment approach for your injury and lifestyle.”

Dr. Todd Kim is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in complex and traditional shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle conditions and treatments.