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Carrell Clinic Specialists Named "Master Center" Doctors for New Solution to Chronic Ankle Sprains

Dr. Eugene Curry and Dr. J. Carr Vineyard of Carrell Clinic have been designated as “Master Center” surgeons with experience using an innovative technology to help patients with chronic ankle sprains get back on their feet better, faster and stronger. Parents and athletes seeking expert foot and ankle care are encouraged to call (214) 220-2468 to schedule a safe appointment in Dallas at 9301 N. Central Expressway, Tower I, Suite 500, or in Frisco at 3800 Gaylord Parkway, Suite 710. Telemedicine appointments are also available.

For patients with chronic ankle sprains and instability, Drs. Curry and Vineyard are using the InternalBrace ligament augmentation system. The simple, safe and reproducible technique produced favorable outcomes for patients in a 2014 study in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Likewise, a 2018 study in the Foot and Ankle International journal found that patients had a faster rate of recovery. ''Master Center'' Lateral Ankle InternalBrace doctors, like Drs. Curry and Vineyard, have performed a minimum number of qualifying procedures.

“This designation demonstrates our practice’s commitment to delivering the most advanced care to our patients to help improve their experience and outcomes, returning them to the activities they love faster,” says Dr. Curry. "I am happy to be able to offer treatment that could help protect them from reinjury and can help with recovery.”

Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury, with over two million estimated to occur in the United States annually according to research in a 2010 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. A 2012 study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that 1 in 5 people who have a lateral ankle sprain report having long-term ankle problems. A 2016 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found the rate to be 1 in 3 for athletic populations. 

“I’m excited to use this technology because it gives my patients with ankle repairs extra protection,” says Dr. Vineyard. “This is a common injury that affects millions of people each year, and this technology allows us to continue to treat our patients better.”

The InternalBrace technique uses a BioComposite SwiveLock anchor and FiberTape suture that supports the ankle and could help protect them from reinjury, similar to wearing a seat belt for support. Patients who meet the criteria for the use of this technology often suffer repeated ankle sprains, which can lead to chronic instability and limit their ability to participate in the activities they love.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of the foot and ankle experts at Carrell Clinic, please call (214) 220-2468.