Ankle Specialist & Board Certified Ankle Surgeon Serving Greater Santa Barbara, CA
The ankle is a highly complex joint that provides support, balance and shock absorption that are essential for motion. Three bones compose the joint, including the tibia, fibula and talus, along with a sophisticated structure of ligaments, tendons and muscles. When injuries to any of these structures occur from overuse, trauma or natural aging, one may experience pain, instability and other troublesome symptoms. In these cases, an ankle specialist is usually required to diagnose and treat the injury or condition. As an ankle surgeon in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area, Dr. Jervis Yau specializes in the treatment of numerous ankle conditions with both non-surgical and surgical approaches.
An Overview on the Ankle Joint
The ankle joint is composed of three bones, articular cartilage and a complex system of supporting ligaments, muscles and tendons. The joint is responsible for facilitating movements of the foot, as well as helping with stability, balance and shock absorption.
The ends of the bones are covered in a white, slippery substance that helps the bones glide smoothly over each other during movements. This slippery substance is known as articular cartilage. Ligaments, or tough bands of tissue, connect the bones, while muscles and tendons support the joint and help provide strength.
Since the ankle joint is in constant motion, it is prone to injury. When pain develops, an ankle specialist may be necessary to diagnose the condition and provide treatment.
Ankle Specialist Available to Treat Common Ankle Conditions
Dr. Yau, ankle specialist, is highly experienced in treating common ankle conditions in active individuals that lead to pain, instability, loss of mobility and weakness. Dr. Yau commonly treats ankle instability, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon ruptures and foot and ankle fractures through both non-surgical and surgical approaches. Treatment options depend on injury severity, patient’s age and patient’s activity level.
Ankle Surgeon Treating Ankle Injuries with Arthroscopic, Minimally Invasive Techniques
As an ankle surgeon, Dr. Yau is able to provide surgical repair if conservative treatment such as rest, activity modifications, medications and physical therapy, do not alleviate painful symptoms. Dr. Yau commonly utilizes an arthroscopic ankle approach to repairing soft tissue structures and bones. An arthroscopic procedure provides patients with a minimally invasive approach that reduces recovery time and complications in many cases.
If you live in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area and have experienced an ankle injury, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau – ankle specialist and board certified ankle surgeon.