Dr. Ng Success Story

Success Story: How endurance athlete Ryan Law got back on the race course after surgery with Dr. Ng

Ryan Law loves to run. So much, that in the past seven years, he’s run 11 marathons and seven ultra-marathons/endurance events (3X50 milers, 4X55k+, and Half Ironman – this guy knows how to #BeActive – we are talking serious distance here people!). But for years, he had been fighting through a chronic injury that was painful and performance-depleting.

After extensive online research to better understand the risks and potential upside of having surgery, in October, 2017 Ryan chose Dr. Alan Ng to perform surgery on his inflamed peroneal tendon. Due to an osteochondroma – a growth that forms on the surface of a bone near the growth plate – the tendon was inflamed and causing chronic pain.

Dr. Ng removed the osteochondroma and some damaged tendon tissue, carved out the channel along the ankle bone, and reattached the peroneal tendon. Shortly after surgery, Ryan began the road to recovery, working toward running and then up to more mileage over time.

“I started running again in March – about five months post-surgery – and I was able to return to my previously established 35 to 50 mile-a-week average by late May,” Ryan recalls. “My performance was not hindered by the surgery and if anything, it improved.”

Just this summer, in July, Ryan competed in the Copper Mountain Under Armor Mountain Running Series, less than a year after his surgery. And he’s still improving. This coming October will be a full year since the surgery and all signs point toward significant overall improvement. Ryan has every reason to be optimistic: “I suspect full recovery has not happened yet,” he said. “As I have yet to hit a full year and all my symptoms have improved since the surgery which is very reassuring.”

Dr. Alan Ng specializes in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and trauma, and loves to help his patients getting back to the activities they love. And when he’s not helping patients he loves being active too – playing golf, skiing and mastering the martial arts of karate and Muay Thai kickboxing. Learn more

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Foot or ankle pain? How to pick a qualified podiatrist.

Foot or ankle pain? How to pick a qualified podiatrist.

Did you know there are 28 bones in your foot and ankle? That’s a full quarter of all your bones in your feet! Not to mention there are dozens of joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. All of this is to say that when you have pain, you need a foot and ankle specialist, known as a podiatrist.

Podiatrists are physicians, but instead of seeing the initials “MD” after your doctor’s name, you will see the initials DPM. This stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – an important area of specialty focused on feet and ankles.  What’s the difference between an MD and a DPM?

A medical doctor might be trained to diagnose or treat an array of medical problems, podiatrists are specifically trained in comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle.

It goes without saying that keeping your feet and ankles healthy and pain free is essential for everyday activities, and as complex as those joints are, it’s essential to find a podiatrist that really knows their stuff.  Here are three things you should look for before you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

  1. Select a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Why?

Because only DPMs invest years of training to understand the complexities of the foot and ankle. This includes soft tissue, bones and how the foot and ankle function, along with how podiatric health relates to the rest of the body.

A DPM must complete specific medical school training as well as clinical rotations and a residency in both medicine and surgery – all focused on podiatry. To put this in context, other orthopedic doctors spend a few weeks focusing on the foot and ankle as part of their overall training.

Once DPMs go into practice, they also must complete ongoing continuing education to maintain board certification and stay informed on evolving treatment protocols and technical advances.

Why does all this matter? Because your podiatrist is uniquely qualified to evaluate, diagnose and treat your foot and ankle problems in the most comprehensive and effective way possible. This means you can be confident that you have all the options available to you when it comes to feeling better.

  1. Make sure they have extensive hands-on experience with all types of treatment. This is important for treatment of all surgical and non-surgical problems of the foot and ankle. Clinical experience is essential, and an experienced podiatrist will have diagnosed and treated many ailments of both the fore foot and rear foot. They know when to recommend a conservative treatment and how to help you navigate a more complex solution such as surgery. And hands-on clinicians will also tend to have better patient rapport, which makes for a better whole experience for you.
  1. Look for leaders in the specialty.

Podiatrists who are actively involved in their professional community often train other podiatrists, sit on the board for certifications, and even give the oral exams that are required of practicing DPMs. This means they are at the top of their profession and other doctors look to them for expertise and best practices.  If your podiatrist is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, you will see FACFAS next to their name. These highly-trained fellows have continued their foot and ankle surgical education beyond their residency to advance their expertise.

Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists is proud to have two doctors of podiatric medicine who are at the top of the foot and ankle specialty. They treat Achilles tendon injuries, broken ankles, plantar fasciitis, bunions, total ankle reconstruction, and many other foot and ankle problems.

Dr. Alan Ng Dr. Ng DPM, FACFAS specializes in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and trauma. He is heavily involved in the world of podiatric medicine, serving as a past president for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and has been chair of the Oral Foot examination for Board Certification in foot surgery since 2009. Make an appointment today.

Dr. Keith Jacobson, DPM, FACFAS is a regional expert in foot surgery and reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery, he specializes in foot and ankle trauma and reconstruction in both adults and pediatrics. Additionally, Dr. Jacobson is a current member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Chair for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery Computer-based Patient Simulation Committee. Make an appointment today.


Ryan L.

Dr. Ng, just wanted to give you a update on my ankle since surgery in October (25th). Last Saturday (15th), I ran a 50k in Copper Mountain. I was able to run in 6 hours and 26 mins placing 31 out of 82. Other than being slightly slower than I was previously, I feel that I’m back! Just wanted to share the success story.