Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center has been a trusted provider of orthopedic care in metro Denver for more than 70 years. With more than 30 orthopedic surgeons, we are one of the largest and most specialized orthopedic groups in the United States and are known as a leader in orthopedic care. We offer highly trained surgeons and
specialists in sports medicine, spine, joint replacement, orthopedic trauma, foot and ankle, hand and wrist and non-operative pain management. We are committed to excellence in everything we do. That’s why patients of all ages — from children to seniors — trust Panorama Orthopedics to help them get them back to doing the things they love.
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When it comes to foot and ankle problems, there is no better place to receive care than Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center. We have the largest orthopedic foot and ankle team in Colorado and within the Rocky Mountain region, with four board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists.
Our specialists are uniquely trained to diagnose and treat all acute injuries and chronic conditions of the foot and ankle, in young children and teens, as well as in active adults and seniors. Panorama’s physicians have undergone years of orthopedic residency training, including fellowships in foot and ankle reconstruction. Their experience makes them specially equipped to treat any condition from the toes to the knee, including complex foot and ankle deformities, sports injuries, arthritis, cartilage injuries, bunions and hammertoes.
A common misconception is that when you see an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon you will be discussing surgery. This is not true! In most cases, surgery is a last resort. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of Panorama patients who see an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist go onto surgery. We have many conservative treatments available. Some of these include: bracing, modifying footwear, orthotics/ inserts, physical therapy, injections or medications. Some patients may also benefit from protection within a boot or a cast.
If surgery is necessary, we offer advanced options at facilities that specialize in orthopedic care. Golden Ridge Surgery Center and OrthoColorado Hospital are the only orthopedic specialty facilities in the region, providing orthopedic-specific physicians, nurses and care teams.
Foot and ankle specialists: Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist?
This is a common question. In addition to orthopedic surgeons, you’re probably familiar with podiatrists, who can also treat foot and ankle conditions. But you may wonder who to see for your care.
One misconception is that people often see orthopedic foot and ankle doctors as surgical care providers versus a podiatrist, whom they associate with non-surgical foot care. Both specialties, in fact, do surgery and sometimes podiatrists perform more surgeries than orthopedic surgeons.
Another common misconception is that your problem is too small to be treated by a foot and ankle surgeon. This is not true! Our doctors specialize in providing care for common foot conditions such as, toenail problems, neuromas, hammertoes, bunions, plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot care.
The difference is that when conservative treatments fail, foot and ankle doctors are trained to provide the next level of advanced surgical care.
Orthopedic foot and ankle doctors take a more comprehensive approach to treating foot and ankle conditions. With their extensive orthopedic training and education, they are uniquely equipped to address both simple and complex problems.
Even when you see an orthopedic foot and ankle doctor, it does not mean you will be discussing surgery. In most cases, surgery is a last resort. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of Panorama patients seeing our orthopedic foot and ankle specialists ultimately need surgery.
The Panorama Difference - A Regional Center of Excellence for Ankle Replacement Surgery.
Ankle replacement is a very unique procedure and is not commonly performed. Panorama Orthopedics is a center of excellence for ankle replacement. Foot and ankle doctors here perform more total ankle replacements than anywhere else in the Rocky Mountain Region. In fact, our doctors perform, four-times more ankle replacements than anywhere else in Colorado.
Ankle arthritis does not need to be a lifelong sacrifice of avoiding the things that you love doing! Some patients with ankle arthritis may be candidates for ankle replacement surgery, where the arthritic ankle joint is removed and replaced with a new joint.
Ankle arthritis is rare and it is usually the result of an injury or the result of cumulative trauma that results in arthritis in the ankle. Candidates for ankle replacement are usually treated conservatively to start – utilizing anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, occasionally bracing.
When these conservative options fail to provide adequate pain relief, then the surgeon may look at arthroscopic surgery to clean out the arthritic joint or ultimately ankle fusion or ankle replacement as options to relieve pain.
Both ankle fusion and ankle replacement are good pain-relieving operations. A fusion can give permanent relief, but can result in stiffness or arthritis in the surrounding joints of the foot, because the other joints compensate for the fused joint. This can eventually lead to arthritis in the other joints. Ankle replacements have come a long way in the past fifteen years. Today, replacements allow for better range of motion and a more normal gait than a traditional ankle fusion. With a replacement there is less chance for arthritis to set in because it does not place undue stress on the other joints.
Unlike an ankle fusion, ankle replacements address the pain caused by severe arthritis, while also giving patients a fully functional ankle joint. In fact, the biggest surprise for patients is probably the speed at which they can move the ankle without having pain.
Although there are many advantages to total ankle replacements, not all orthopedic surgeons have received the training necessary to perform this complex procedure. That experience, along with our commitment to quality and evidence-based practices, makes us the best choice for foot and ankle care.
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Osteoarthritis of the Big Toe
Osteoarthritis is a disease that can affect every joint of the body, it leads to a breakdown of the cartilage cushioning in the joint. This wear and tear can cause chronic pain, stiffness and swelling, eventually causing those affected to stop doing the things that they love for fear of making the pain worse. When this pain occurs in the joint of the big toe, it is particularly obstructive.
Osteoarthritis of the big toe joint or MTP joint is the most common site of arthritis in the foot and can cause pain every time you take a step. It can be caused by injury, stress to the joint, or natural imperfections in the joint. The pain can sometimes become so severe that people are no longer able to walk.
What Are the Treatment Options For Big Toe Arthritis?
Fortunately, there are many treatment options when it comes to big toe arthritis. The first step to finding a solution is talking with your doctor to have your condition assessed. They can provide medications or splinting that may help. If your doctor decides that your condition would be served by physical therapy, you may begin a regimen with a physical therapist on top of medication or a system of cooling and heating to reduce the pain and inflammation in your big toe.
If you are still in pain, you doctor may send you to see a specialist. The foot and ankle team at Panorama offers the most comprehensive set of non-surgical and surgical options to solve big toe pain.
Among the most common are injections to reduce pain and inflammation and surgery to resolve the cause of your pain. If surgery is necessary, your options at Panorama include traditional procedures, such as a fusion or joint replacement, as well as, the newest option, a Cartiva implant.
Cartiva – The Little Solution to Big Toe Pain
Cartiva is an FDA approved synthetic implant that mimics cartilage in the big toe joint – replacing the cartilage that has worn away due to osteoarthritis over time. The implant feels similar to contact lenses and looks like a little, round, clear marshmallow. It is durable implant that is designed to not cause systemic irritation, and it is capable of withstanding repetitive loading in activities such as walking, running and jumping.
The procedure to get a Cartiva implant is covered by insurance and only takes about 30 minutes. and recovery begins immediately after surgery. With a Cartiva implant, swelling, stiffness and pain are reduced and flexibility is restored to the big toe. With the help of a physical therapist and the doctor patients are commonly back to your normal activities within 6 weeks.
If you are interested in Cartiva or any other solutions to your big toe joint pain, call for an appointment with one of our foot & ankle experts today.
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Kim Madden has been a PA since 2003. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Kim received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and then obtained her Physician Assistant degree from Red Rocks Community College in 2003. She also has a Masters degree in Medical Science from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. Kim has always worked in the area of orthopedics, spending six years in a Spine practice followed by two years in Sports Medicine at Panorama Orthopedics. Kim works with Dr. Bharat Desai in the area of trauma and foot and ankle surgery. She enjoys all aspects of Orthopedic medicine and finds it very rewarding to assist patients in getting back to their active lifestyles. Outside of work, Kim loves spending time with her two young children and her husband. She is an avid runner, horseback rider and loves to ski.
Dr. Conklin's Physican Assistant - Sheri Fushimi, PA
Sheri Fushimi, PA was born and raised in Colorado. She attended the Univeristy of Colorado in Boulder and was a student athletic trainer for the athletic department throughout college. Sheri graduated from PA school in Brooklyn New York and went on to work as a PA in General, Vascular and Thoracic surgery, Orthopedic and Nuerosurgery, and Plastic Surgery prior to joining Panorama in 2005. She works with Dr. Conklin treating foot and ankle patients and occasionaly works with sports medicine patients as well. When Sheri is not at work she enjoys CrossFit, skiing, mountain biking, scuba diving, running and spending time with her family.