Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is home to a team of foot and ankle specialists with specialized training in foot and ankle arthroscopy. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for lower extremity conditions.

What is foot and ankle arthroscopy?

Foot and ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to repair a variety of foot and ankle conditions and injuries, including ankle instability and cartilage injuries. Minimally invasive procedures—like ankle arthroscopy—benefit patients by minimizing pain and allowing for a faster recovery than traditional surgery.

Why is foot and ankle arthroscopy performed?

Minimally invasive foot and ankle arthroscopy is usually offered as an alternative surgery option, which can reduce pain and recovery time compared to traditional foot or ankle surgery. We use arthroscopy primarily to address one or more of the following foot or ankle conditions:

  • Ankle instability and sprains
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Large bone spur removal
  • Treatment of cartilage defects
  • Post-fracture stiffness

What does foot and ankle arthroscopy involve?

During arthroscopic foot or ankle surgery at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, an experienced surgeon will insert an arthroscope into the affected area of your foot or ankle. An arthroscope is a thin, flexible medical tool that has a camera at one end. This camera transfers images to a large screen viewable by your doctor during your procedure. This gives your orthopedic surgeon clear visibility while performing your operation without the need for open surgery. Your surgeon can also insert specialized instruments through a second small incision to reach and repair the affected area.

What does foot and ankle arthroscopy recovery involve?

Recovery from foot or ankle arthroscopy is generally faster and less painful than recovery from traditional surgery. You may feel stiff or sore immediately after surgery, but you may even be able to get right back to walking. We may recommend that you walk slowly and gently, keep your foot and ankle elevated, and ice the area to minimize pain and swelling. We may also encourage you to do physical therapy exercises to rebuild your strength and range of motion. Your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will discuss the details of your recovery process with you before your procedure.

What are the benefits of undergoing foot and ankle arthroscopy?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having foot and ankle arthroscopy surgery:

  • Foot and ankle pain relief
  • Restored range of motion in the joint
  • Improved strength
  • Ability to return to normal activities


If you believe you may need foot and ankle arthroscopy, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute.

Our Specialists

Foot & Ankle

Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery
PhonePhone: 202-444-3668

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Kathryn Marie O’Connor, MD

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center


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