Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

MIS Joint Replacement offers important advantages, requiring smaller incisions and potentially causing less trauma, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less scarring than traditional techniques.

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Partial Knee Resurfacing

Partial knee resurfacing (PKR) is a surgical procedure for relieving arthritis in one compartment of the knee. With PKR, only the damaged surface of the knee joint is replaced, helping to minimize trauma to healthy bone and tissue.

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Rotator Cuff Repair

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder. This means that many daily activities, like combing your hair or getting dressed, may become painful and difficult to do.

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Foot Trauma FAQ

The foot is an integral part of our daily activity. However, it is susceptible to sprains, strains and wear over time. In addition, years of repetitive over use and the effects of gravity can lead to the slow evolution of problems of the feet, such as, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and hammertoes.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common problems occurring in the ankle and foot. It is an affliction to the stabilizing fascia of the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is an extension of the Achilles tendon at the heel that becomes a “shock absorber” of sorts for the arch of the foot. As the effects of gravity, weight bearing, over use and injuries, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. Common causes include high arches, flat feet, wearing tightly fitted shoes, being over weight, overuse and injuries. Symptoms include difficulty standing or walking due to pain, swelling, redness caused by inflammation.

In order to evaluate your condition, Dr. McLennan will examine how you walk and stand, along with obtaining background information in regards to physical activity. The best way to treat this condition is simply cutting back on overexertion from physical activity, stretching regularly, arch supports, and wearing shoes that assist in supporting the arch. Learning the proper way to stretch the planar fascia, in conjunction with supportive footwear and oral anti-inflammatory agents, should slowly diminish the pain. If conservative treatments fail, Dr. McLennan may recommend a splint and/or injection, may alleviate the pain. Should conservative measures fail, surgery maybe necessary. The procedure consists of removing part of the plantar fascia to relieve tension on the ligament, thus reducing inflammation.

What Are Bunions?

A bunion is a result of poorly fitting shoes, injuries, arthritis and genetics. A common indicator of a bunion is the progression of pain, swelling and overuse, causing bone spurs to develop at the base of the big toe. Swelling, redness, and persistent pain, cause inflammation and the formation of bone. If a bunion does develop, they are permanent, unless surgically removed. Bunions can become very large and – if the cushioning sac of fluid (bursa) on the affected joint becomes inflamed (bursitis), it can become incredibly painful, restricting your activities of daily living.

Depending on the severity, Dr. McLennan will recommend conservative treatment options (more comfortable shoes, padding, or medications) or a surgical procedure known as a bunionectomy. A bunionectomy consists of removing the swollen tissue and re-aligning your big toe by removing a portion of the bone, then joining the bones of your affected joint.

What Is a Hammertoe?

A Hammertoe is a condition resulting from an imbalance the tendons on the top and bottom of the toe, causing the toe to bend or curl at each of the two joints of the toe. It is an affliction that can be a result of genetic inheritance, muscular imbalances, neuropathy and injury to the toe. There are two types of conditions associated with hammertoe:

  • Flexible hammertoe: earlier form when the toe is still able to move at the joint.
  • Rigid hammertoes: tendons become rigid and joints become misaligned. Surgery is generally needed in this case because the toe is immobile.

Dr. McLennan can assist with your hammertoe if you experience discomfort when putting on your shoes, difficulty moving the toe, or chronic swelling and redness. Basic home treatment options include wearing comfortable shoes that are wide across the toes, ceasing use of high heels over two inches, applying ice to reduce swelling, and gently massaging the toe to relieve pain. After evaluating the extent of your hammertoe, Dr. McLennan may only advise you to wear custom inserts with metatarsal pads to relieve pain while walking and prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. If conservative treatment options fail, Dr. McLennan may recommend surgical procedures to remove the piece of the bone at the affected joint then realign the toe joint.

A Higher Standard of Orthopedic Care: Dr. Jon G. McLennan

Jon G. McLennan, MD brings to the table his expertise of over 30 years in the field of Orthopedic Surgery. He possesses an extraordinary eye for detail and passion in his work authoring over twenty-five peer-reviewed publications, providing insightful, educational presentations on the subjects of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, and developed numerous surgical devices and unique techniques that have revolutionized the field. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. McLennan can change your life, schedule a time to speak with him at his La Quinta, CA location or call (760) 771-4900.