As our country’s population continues to try to remain active and athletic in these challenging times, unique and severe injuries, as well as chronic overuse and training error injuries, are becoming more commonplace.
Persistent foot, heel and ankle pain is very common in the adult population. Published reports, using data from over 30 large studies, show that 24% of adults 45 years and older live with frequent foot pain and 15% live with frequent ankle pain. Two-thirds of these individuals are moderately disabled and unable to enjoy many aspects of daily life, due to their foot, heel and ankle pain. Mississippi Sports Medicine physicians, Penny Lawin and Jamey Burrow, have dedicated their professional lives to the critical needs of this very patient population. Utilizing new surgical techniques and an expertly designed surgical center, Drs. Lawin and Burrow diagnose, treat and rehabilitate foot and ankle cases faster, more effectively and without the need of lengthy hospital admission.
The leading edge of orthopedic treatment for foot, heel and ankle pain has advanced dramatically over the last decade. Mississippi Sports Medicine’s foot and ankle specialists, Drs. Lawin and Burrow, have relentlessly learned, developed, fine-tuned and adopted the best clinical and surgical practices for their patients. For many patients under their care, gone are large surgical incisions, days spent in the hospital and resultant stiff foot and ankle joints. For today’s foot and ankle patients, Drs. Lawin and Burrow can often utilize arthroscopic, out-patient surgical techniques with the assistance of flexible, stabilizing implants that mimic the patient’s natural anatomy. Arthroscopy allows for a quicker patient recovery time and in turn gets patients back to their normal daily activities faster.
Dr. Lawin and Dr. Burrow are Focused
on the Newest Techniques
Recent advances in orthopedic technology have allowed patients with ankle ligament and tendon injuries to return to pre-injury activities much more rapidly. This is accomplished with shorter periods of immobilization and inactivity and allowing for earlier weightbearing resulting in less atrophy of muscles and lower re-injury rates.
As sub-specialists, Dr. Lawin and Dr. Burrow continually bring new techniques to the forefront for patients. They are performing cutting-edge “tightrope” techniques for foot and ankle surgeries to insert an implant “brace” for unstable high ankle sprains. This technique does not require implant removal, supports weightbearing and accelerates rehabilitation efforts sooner after surgery allowing normal function and movement of the connective tissue of the joints.
For those with persistent bunions, Drs. Lawin and Burrow are performing the newest technique called Lapiplasty, a 3D approach to fixing your foot’s foundation. This procedure is the latest approach to traditional bunionectomy and focuses on correcting the root cause of bunions, the bone misalignment. There are dramatic results for patients with the Lapiplasty procedure, mainly the timeframe for patients to bear weight on the foot after surgery is noticeably reduced.
Dr. Lawin and Dr. Burrow have Specialized Training and Three Decades of Experience
Dr. Lawin began her education with a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois. She earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College, followed by an orthopaedic residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’ Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Lawin received further foot and ankle specialty training via her fellowship at Duke Medical School. Dr. Lawin is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery and also certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
Following a similarly rigorous educational pathway, Dr. Burrow achieved his BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and UAB. He attended the University of Mississippi Medical School for his medical degree and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio for his orthopaedic residency. Dr. Burrow’s specialty training in foot and ankle was obtained via a fellowship at Campbell Clinic, Memphis. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery.
The combined educational investment by Drs. Lawin and Burrow spans three decades. Their shared engineering background is consistently evident within their mechanical problem-solving skills applied to the reconstruction of many foot and ankle pathologies. Dr. Lawin and Dr. Burrow have an expanse of expertise in complex, high-risk cases similar to the recent injury of Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s, Dak Prescott, compound fracture and dislocated ankle. Dr. Lawin was interviewed on the Out of Bounds radio show to discuss the injury, potential issues, recovery and surgical procedures to get him back on the field. Visit the MSMOC website to hear the interview:
Since most of us are not professional athletes, a shared goal of Drs. Lawin and Burrow is to bring the same level of care to all of their patients, regardless of athletic abilities. Maintaining overall health as we age is largely driven by simple movement. The ability to move in a stable and pain-free manner is paramount. This consistent ideal is the fuel that drives Dr. Lawin, Dr. Burrow and their team of supporting physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, medical assistants, patient care coordinators, casting technicians, athletic trainers and orthotists.
Since joining Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Lawin and Dr. Burrow have seen over 250,000 patients and performed over 14,000 foot and ankle surgeries. Their very large patient volume is a testament to their combined singular focus on orthopaedic pathologies of the foot and ankle, and their production of consistently high patient outcomes. Achieving these clinical milestones is arduous and rare. The impressive volume of foot and ankle problems cared for by Drs. Lawin and Burrow generates an invaluable wealth of experience, resulting in high quality clinical outcomes.
Dr. Lawin and Dr. Burrow are Dedicated to Improving Patients’ Quality of Life
Given the inherent mechanical/weight bearing demands placed upon the anatomic structures of our feet and ankles, stable repair and healing is uniquely challenging. The high level of expertise provided by Drs. Lawin and Burrow allows for successful navigation through the three primary hurdles of foot and ankle therapy: accurate diagnosis, structurally stable surgical technique, and appropriately individualized physical rehabilitation. The education, experience and clinical resources that Drs. Lawin and Burrow bring to bear on a daily basis consistently result in the successful navigation of these complex and demanding cases. For foot and ankle patients of Mississippi, there is a direct correlation between the depth of dedication extended by Drs. Lawin and Burrow, and the increase in their patients’ quality of life as a result of the expert care provided at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.
Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center offers patients 18 sub-specialized physicians that treat 6 specific areas of the body (Foot/Ankle, Hand/Wrist, Hip/Knee, Hip & Knee Replacement, Shoulder/Elbow, and Spine), a state-of-the-art Surgery Center, Therapy Centers with advanced techniques and facilities and Performance Centers, with locations in Jackson, Flowood and Madison. Mississippi Sports Medicine has been created to address any orthopaedic issues patients have in the most efficient, cost-effective way while utilizing the most cutting-edge techniques to create positive outcomes for getting patients back to their daily lives.