Pertinent Insights On Ankle Arthroscopy

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Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, and Corey Groh, DPM

Final Words

Ankle arthroscopy continues to be a safe procedure to treat a wide array of ankle joint pathologies. As technologies continue to advance, we will likely see more and more indications for this procedure. The longer a podiatric surgeon can postpone the onset of osteoarthritic changes to the ankle joint, the more active and happy his or her patients will be.

   Dr. DeHeer is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is also a team podiatrist for the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever. Dr. DeHeer is in private practice with various offices in Indianapolis.

   Dr. Groh is a first-year podiatric resident at Community Westview Hospital in Indianapolis.

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Additional References
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   For further reading, see “Current Concepts In Ankle Arthroscopy” in the December 2007 issue of Podiatry Today, “A Pertinent Guide To Basic Ankle Arthroscopy” in the November 2003 issue or “A Closer Look At Arthroscopy For Ankle Fractures And Post-Fracture Defects” in the September 2009 issue. To access the archives, visit

   Dr. DeHeer pens a monthly blog for Podiatry Today. To read his blogs, visit .

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