Patient Resource Links
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the organization that represents all Orthopaedic Surgeons in the country. This website is designed for patients and has information on common orthopaedic conditions.
The American Orthpaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) is a medical society of more than 1,800 American and International Orthopaedic Surgeons specializing in the surgical and medical care of the foot and ankle. Dr. Zell is a member of AOFAS and serves on two committees for the society. The AOFAS has a website for patients which provides information on foot and ankle disorders and surgery.
Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Most cases can be managed with physical therapy. One important component of treatment is heel cord stretching. This can be done with a traditional night splint. One other option is The Sock which accomplishes the same amount of stretching but appears to be more comfortable and allows limited walking.
Many painful ankle conditions benefit from immobilization in a brace. One of the most common braces is the Arizona AFO. AFO stands for 'ankle foot orthosis' and describes a brace that prevents motion in the foot and ankle. This brace is particularly helpful for Adult Acquired Flatfoot as well as arthritis of the ankle/hindfoot. The brace fits inside shoes and allows pain free walking. Most patients find it to be very helpful.
The Roll-A-Bout is an alternative to crutches for patients that need to be non-weight bearing after a foot/ankle fracture or surgery. It can be rented on a weekly basis.
Ankle replacement surgery is now a viable alternative to ankle fusion or arthrodesis. A well-functioning ankle replacement allows ankle motion as well as pain relief. The STAR ankle replacement has been used for many years in Europe and has good long term data supporting its use. This website provides good patient information on ankle replacement surgery.
Depuy is one of largest orthopaedic device companies. The Depuy knee replacement that Dr. Zell uses has a long track record of good results. This website gives information on knee replacement surgery including videos of the procedure.
It is important to have the proper running shoes to prevent injury. Some running shoes are designed for those with a high arch and other shoes are designed for those with a flatter foot. A store like Sound Runner specializes in fitting proper footwear.
For those with foot problems, obtaining proper shoes can be challenging. These are two stores in the New Haven area that specialize in shoes that are both fashionable and functional.