It's bad news when, due to athletic injury, trauma or simply aging, the protective cartilage between our bones starts to wear away, causing joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Osteoarthritis can affect any of the joints in the body, but since our feet and ankles support our entire body weight, ankle arthritis can have a severe impact. In fact, as we move, our ankles are first to absorb shock. And, while there may not be signs of an immediate emergency, lingering or chronic pain - which may come from the ankle but manifest itself in the legs, hips, or spine - should always be checked out by a specialist.
For patients with ankle arthritis, even merely walking on uneven ground or climbing stairs can pose a painful challenge. Now, though, advancements in technology have made ankle replacement a viable option for many, Dr. Andrew Wohler explains. Not only can replacement surgery preserve some motion at the ankle joint, if can effectively reduce the pain associated with arthritis.
Still, surgery is never the first choice. More conservative measures must be exhausted first, including:
In the event these other measures have failed to reduce pain and return the patient to function, ankle arthroplasty is one of the surgical options that may be recommended. And, while no surgery is without complication or risk, recent data show that 90% of implants are surviving ten years without need for revision.
At Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Dr. Wohler uses Wright Medical/Stryker's broad line of implants, using a CT scan to produce patient-specific cutting jigs "tailor-made" to fit the dimensions of the patient's foot. The aptly named the "Prophecy Protocol" uses both the individual patient's data and the surgeon's preferences to help a prototyping machine produce "guides" and engineered implant components. The machine creates "guides" to set the location of cuts. This technology, as Wright perfectly describes it, is the gold standard for end-stage ankle arthritis.
At Forté, advanced engineering and orthopedic expertise combine to enable patient-specific ankle implant surgery for better outcomes and lives free of ankle arthritis.
Foot health is often a major issue for people experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness here in Indiana and around the world. The Forté Orthopedic Research Institute (FORI) welcomes news media to the return of its Hearts 2 Soles event, presented in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and Wheeler Mission, which will be held for the first time since 2019 to raise awareness about the importance of proper foot health as an essential part of everyday life.
WHO: Forté Orthopedic Research Institute, in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and Wheeler Mission
WHAT: Hearts 2 Soles is an event providing free foot exams, shoes and socks to those in need in our community. In addition to the generous support provided by the Indianapolis Colts and Wheeler Mission, Hearts 2 Soles is made possible by donations of 300 pairs of shoes provided by Dr. Comfort/Enovis and Red Wing Shoes, 300 pairs of socks supplied by JD Sports, and 300 toiletry kits prepared by Meijer.
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Please Note: We kindly ask media to refrain from showing the faces of those taking part in the Hearts 2 Soles event. Subjects should be blurred or filmed in a way as to protect identity.
WHERE: Wheeler Mission, Shelter for Men
520 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
PLANNING YOUR ARRIVAL: Media interested in attending Hearts 2 Soles should contact Malia McGovern at firstname.lastname@example.org onsite or ahead of the event. Parking is available on the east side of Wheeler Mission at Market St. and Park Ave.
Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, previously known as Methodist Sports Medicine, is an independent, physician-owned orthopedic practice recognized as one of the region’s most respected orthopedic groups. Founded in 1983 as one of the country’s original sports medicine practices, Forté’s physicians and staff provide comprehensive, specialized sports medicine and orthopedic care to patients of all ages.
Clinical evaluations performed by highly skilled fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, combined with advanced surgical techniques and comprehensive non-surgical treatment options, provide patients with exceptional treatment outcomes and a return to active living. Forté provides patients with expert orthopedic care in several sub-specialties, including hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder; foot and ankle; hip and knee; joint replacement and revision; spine care and sports medicine. Forté has been trusted by the Indianapolis Colts as their official team physicians since 1983 and serve as the orthopedic provider for Purdue University, Butler University, Indiana State University and numerous high schools and public safety departments throughout central Indiana.
Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics also innovates daily through a separate 501(c)(3), Forté Orthopedic Research Institute, that improves the lives of patients everywhere through advanced clinical research and education.
INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan Health has entered a three-year partnership with Roncalli High School to provide sports medicine services.
Franciscan Health will provide athletic trainers to the school for daily medical coverage of athletic programs and services. The athletic trainers will work alongside Seth Schmoll, DO, Franciscan Health Sports Medicine, who will serve as the head team physician to the Roncalli Royals. Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Andrew Wohler, MD, of Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, will serve as orthopedic consultant, and Tony Origer, sports chiropractor with Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics will support teams as needed.
“We are excited to partner with Roncalli High School. At Franciscan Health, our sports medicine services are specifically geared to meet the needs of student-athletes,” said James Callaghan, MD, president and CEO of Franciscan Health Central Indiana. “Our team is passionate about preventing and treating sports injuries and maximizing each student athlete’s potential both on and off the field.”
"Roncalli High School is excited to partner with Franciscan Health Sports Medicine,” said Roncalli President Chuck Weisenbach. “As two of the southside's premier entities, we will work collaboratively not only to ensure excellence to all entrusted to our care but also to work diligently to form Disciples of Jesus Christ."
Franciscan Health Sports Medicine is led by physician specialists and surgeons who are specially trained to treat sports-related injuries in children and adults. Its expertise includes:
A fourth of all athletic injuries relate to the foot and ankle, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons tells us. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Wohler agrees, naming sprained ankles, ruptured achilles tendons, and foot and ankle fractures as the most common conditions he treats at Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. Introduced to orthopedics after suffering an injury himself as a college athlete, Dr. Wohler considers helping restore patients' quality of life as the best part of his job.
Foot and ankle injuries can happen not only during competitive or recreational sports but can occur as a result of simple day-to-day activities. “My biggest recommendation for patients who have an acute injury to the ankle would be to stay off the foot/ankle as much as possible and present for evaluation sooner rather than later to prevent further damage,” Dr. Wohler advises.
Three reasons why an evaluation is vital after a sudden foot/ankle injury:
As the foundation of our bodies, our feet and ankles play an essential role in our everyday activities. Our team of fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons and integrated physical therapists have the experience and passion to get you back in action. Request an appointment online or by calling 317.817.1200.