Innovative Treatments

Ankle Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Zarate to diagnose and sometimes treat injuries and diseases of the foot and ankle through small incisions in the skin. This procedure is often performed to confirm a diagnosis made after a physical examination and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT or X-rays.

Podiatric surgeons often use arthroscopy to:

  • Determine the cause of chronic ankle pain
  • Remove loose bodies from the ankle
  • Repair torn ligaments
  • Repair or remove cartilage
  • Remove scar tissue
  • Biopsy abnormal tissue within the joint

Arthroscopy Procedure

During an arthroscopic procedure, a thin fiberoptic light, magnifying lens and tiny television camera are inserted into the problem area of the foot or ankle, allowing Dr. Zarate to examine the joint in great detail.

Surgical instruments will then be inserted if needed through additional incisions to remove or repair tissue within the joint. The instruments and arthroscope are then removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. The arthroscopy procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes to perform.

After surgery, patients may need to ice the treated area, keep it elevated and wear compression garments. They will be able to return to work, walking and sports activity much faster than with traditional surgery.

Benefits of Arthroscopy

Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopy offers many benefits to the patient over traditional surgery, including:

  • No cutting of muscles or tendons
  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Less scarring
  • Smaller incisions
  • Faster recovery and return to regular activities
  • Faster and more comfortable rehabilitation

There is also a reduced risk of infection and swelling due to the small size of the incisions. Arthroscopy is not appropriate for every patient. Dr. Zarate will discuss the options that are best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.

Digital Foot Scan

Innovative Foot Treatments | Digital Foot Scan | Takoma Park MD | Riverdale MD | Laurel MD | Rockville MDThe feet are the foundation of the entire musculoskeletal system, providing support and protecting the body from stress and pressure as a result of the constant movements we make. Treatment of many different conditions throughout the body often begins with an evaluation of the feet, which are a frequent source of pain and other conditions. Even if the feet do not hurt, they can be a source of pain in the leg, knee, hip, back, shoulder or neck.

A digital foot scan is an advanced diagnostic procedure performed to detect imbalances within the feet that may cause back, neck and knee pain. After this procedure, patients may be fitted with orthotics that correct the imbalance, or may require additional treatment for more severe conditions.

Benefits of Digital Foot Scan

The digital foot scan provides a more thorough assessment of the patient's foot, along with other important factors. During this procedure, a map of the foot is created, taking into account the weight, weight distribution and foot pressure of the patient, as well as any foot abnormalities. The scan takes just a few minutes to perform and provides a comprehensive evaluation of each of the foot's three arches.

Patients who utilize this advanced procedure benefit from faster analysis and orthotic production times than traditional analysis with a plaster cast. Patients can receive their orthotics faster and begin to experience pain relief sooner than ever before.


Orthotics are customized shoe inserts that correct foot movement during motion and rest. They provide comfort and functionality for people with various foot, ankle, knee, hip and back conditions by either altering or protecting the foot. While orthotics were previously created by making a cast of the foot out of plaster, customized orthotics can now be created with a digital foot scan for faster, more precise results.

Dr. Zarate is proud to offer this advanced service to his patients. To receive a digital foot scan, please call us today to schedule a consultation.

To learn more about our Podiatry Services, please contact us at (847) 475-0200 today to schedule an appointment.

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