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Feet And Ankles

Relief Options For Ankle Arthritis Pain Vary Among Individuals

Friday, April 10th, 2015

For many years, patients suffering from arthritic ankles and bone-on-bone pain had limited options: live with the pain, or have the bones fused. Relatively recent advancements in new technologies and surgical techniques have since opened up new options for treatment of osteoarthritis in ankles including the more traditional open ankle fusion (arthrodesis), arthroscopic ankle fusion, and joint replacement (also called total ankle replacement or TAR).

While choice of treatment options is encouraging, making a decision about which option to select is not always easy, and is usually affected by a patient’s personal circumstances.

Innovations in Foot and Ankle Treatments Event.
Register Below!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Healthcare professionals, you are invited to a free discussion about foot and ankle conditions and new innovative treatments available.

Dr. Jason Nowak will discuss the following topics:

  • Total ankle replacement and ankle fusion
  • Flatfoot (pediatric and adult)
  • Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine and Fracture Care
  • Bunions/Hammertoes

This event is for Healthcare Professionals only.

Tours of the Shasta Orthopaedics facility will be available.

New Total Ankle Replacement System In Redding

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Total Ankle Replacement System In Redding

Shasta Ortho’s Dr. Jason Nowak Among First Surgeons in the Nation to Use Cutting Edge New Total Ankle System

When he joined Shasta Orthopaedics in July of 2013, foot and ankle surgical specialist, Dr. Jason Nowak, began offering new innovative surgical and non-surgical techniques to North State patients. For patients suffering from advanced arthritis in the ankle, Dr. Nowak utilized the INBONE® II System – a total ankle replacement system that is effective thanks to its long stem design (inserted into the patient’s tibia) and also to its compatibility with PROPHECY® Pre-Operative Navigation Alignment technology. PROPHECY technology uses CT scans to create ankle alignment guides unique to each patient. These guides play an important role in the overall success of the ankle replacement procedure because they allow surgeons like Dr. Nowak to properly size, place and align ankle components during the surgery.

Athlete’s Edge Series: Comparing Custom Orthotics And Over-the-Counter Shoe Inserts

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Custom Orthotics Reduce Foot Pain

If you suffer from pain in your feet or lower legs, you may have considered using an orthotic to help restore balance. Orthotics are designed to reduce or eliminate foot pain, align the feet to eliminate abnormal foot motion, and to encourage optimal balance when walking. While over-the-counter orthotics are available in most drug stores, seeing a doctor to have your foot problem assessed and a custom orthotic designed for your foot generally leads to better results.