Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept/Oct 2022

37 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com For more information, please visit, or call 843-654-8250. feature Ankle sprains are among the most common conditions treated by foot and ankle surgeons, with 10-20% progressing to chronic pain, instability and even arthritis. Chronic instability is caused by injured ligaments failing to heal correctly. The diagnosis of chronic instability is made by analyzing the patient’s history and exam. X-rays and MRIs may be necessary to evaluate the cartilage and ligaments. These evaluations may also rule out other pathology. Treatment for chronic instability varies, so it is important to consult with a podiatrist. Treatment is based on age, activity and severity of injury. Those with mild to moderate issues may require only conservative treatment. This begins with RICE treatment — rest, ice, compression, elevation — and anti-inflammatory medication. The cornerstone of conservative treatment includes physical therapy directed toward balance, proprioception and strengthening. In addition, bracing the ankle may be necessary. Some patients could require surgical intervention. While procedures are unique, surgery usually entails reconstructing and tightening the ligaments. I am happy to help with all your foot and ankle issues. I am a board-qualified, fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon. I specialize in the treatment of complex conditions including injury, arthritis, cartilage restoration and deformity correction. I obtained my degree from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. I then completed my surgical residency at Rush University Medical Center, where I served as chief resident. This was followed by a one-year fellowship in advanced elective reconstruction, sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at South Central Pennsylvania Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship. Is it Just a Sprain? A Look at Foot and Ankle Health BY DR . V I SHAL DESA I expert advic Dr. Andrew Saffer, Dr. Adam Brown and their staff welcome Dr. Vishal Desai to their practice family! Dr. Vishal Desai is a board-qualified, fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon specializing in the treatment of complex foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, arthritis, cartilage restoration, and deformity correction. He has special interest in ankle replacement and fusion, arthroscopic and minimally invasive foot and ankle procedures, and complex foot and ankle reconstruction. Adam Brown, DPM • Andrew Saffer, DPM • Vishal Desai, DPM, AACFAS 615 Wesley Drive, Suite 340 • Charleston, SC 29407 • 843-225-5575 501 Bramson Court, Suite 301 • Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 • 843-654-8250 Dr. Andrew Saffer - Best Podiatrist Dr. Adam Brown - Best Sports Podiatrist