Foot Surgery Facts

If you are contemplating having foot surgery, here is some information that may be helpful.

 

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

When one or more of the following conditions exists, foot surgery may be necessary:

  • A deformity or structural issue needs to be corrected
  • You can no longer use your foot for everyday activities
  • You have extreme pain during regular foot use
  • Conservative treatments were ineffective

 

What Foot Problems are Treated With Surgery?

Common foot problems that haven’t responded well to conservative treatments may require surgery. These conditions include:

 

General Types of Foot Surgery

Specific operations may incorporate a variety of surgical techniques, and can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. They generally involve one or more of the following:

  • Incorporation of structural supports or devices
  • Bone removal or repositioning
  • Removal or repositioning of soft tissue (muscle, tendons, skin, and ligaments)

 

Recovery Methods

Aftercare plans specific to each person’s situation will incorporate a combination of elements and therapies. These will consist of:

  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Immobilization with a bandage, cast, or surgical boot
  • Foot exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Custom orthotic footwear may be recommended
  • Physical therapy regimen to bolster healing and recovery

 

Since every patient’s case is unique, it’s very important to discuss your foot problem with a podiatrist to determine if surgery is the best option.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

 

Achilles Tendinitis Can Happen To You!

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and connects the calf muscle to your heel bone. As you may have been incorrectly lead to believe, it’s not just marathon runners or hard-core athletes that are susceptible to this type of injury, but people of all ages, whether active or not. It’s very important to have your Achilles tendon pain properly evaluated and treated by your foot doctor to prevent a complete tendon rupture from really ruining your day.

 

Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis

 

Pay attention to the following symptoms, because continuing to strain your Achilles tendon while it is injured can cause it to rupture requiring surgical repair:

 

  • Stiffness and pain in the heel area and calf muscle, particularly after a period of rest
  • Back of the heel pain that gets worse with exercise
  • A hard bump protruding from the back of the heel, known as a bone spur
  • Inflammation on the back of the heel or calf that worsens during exercise

 

Treatment of Achilles Tendinitis

 

When identified early enough, most onsets of Achilles tendonitis can be effectively treated with non-surgical interventions by your foot doctor. These methods include:

 

  • Stop doing activities that make the symptoms worse.
  • Relieve pain and inflammation by applying ice to the heel for about 15 minutes, several times a day.
  • Calf Stretching. Gentle, specific stretching exercises of the calf muscle can help heal the tendon.
  • Shoes and Inserts. In some cases, your podiatrist can recommend special shoes and/or inserts that raise the heel up, giving the tendon a chance to recover.

 

If relief isn’t achieved after a few months of conservative treatments, it may be necessary to discuss a surgical solution with your foot doctor in order to repair the tendon or to excise a bone spur.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

How To Tell If You Overpronate

Frequent runners are definitely more prone to aches and pains, but the way your feet turn when you run can have a huge effect on the likelihood of developing more severe problems with your feet, ankles, knees and back.

 

What is Overpronation?

Your foot rolls when you walk or run, with the outside of the heel hitting the ground first, followed by a small inward rolling as the middle and ball of the foot make contact. Usually, this inward rolling, or pronation, is limited to about 15%, but in cases of overpronating, the foot rolls much further inward, causing a misalignment that puts excessive pressure on the big and second toes often resulting in serious problems with the feet and ankles. Your foot is more likely to collapse, or roll inward if you have low arches, or flat feet.

 

Signs of Overpronating

The wear patterns on the bottom of your footwear will give you a very good indication of whether you are overpronating or not. Neutral pronation generally results in an even wear pattern over the entire bottom of the shoe, whereas overpronators will notice a pronounced increase in wear on the inner side of the foot, and possibly in the big toe area as well. Overpronation can cause plantar fasciitis and heel pain. It may also lead to the development of bunions and calluses.

 

Treatment of Overpronation

  • Footwear with good arch support that minimizes foot movement
  • Checking with your foot doctor about custom molded orthotic inserts
  • Stretching exercises before and after running
  • Replacing your running shoes frequently

 

If you are experiencing signs of overpronation that are causing you pain and discomfort, don’t wait until the problems get worse. Taking good care of your feet by seeing a podiatrist when problems arise is a great strategy for avoiding further complications.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Top 4 Causes of Ankle Pain

If you’re like most people, you have probably injured your ankle at some point in your life. Our ankles are extremely sensitive and also help support our full weight, so they are very susceptible to injury.

It can be difficult to identify exactly what is causing a particular ankle pain, so here are the top four culprits:

  1. Sprains

The tough bands of ligaments that help to hold your ankle joint together can become excessively stretched or torn if the ankle is twisted, turned, or rolled carelessly. Since ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries to befall mankind, if you are experiencing severe ankle pain, this is a likely cause. You should have an evaluation performed by a foot doctor to confirm the diagnosis and prevent future complications associated with improper treatment.

  1. Achilles Tendon Problems

This large tendon spans from the bottom of the heel and up through the calf muscle. Overuse, whether from sports activities or excessive wear and tear, can cause inflammation of the tendon, while a more severe injury can actually cause it to tear or break. Either condition often exhibits as pain in the ankle.

  1. Fractures

Three of the largest bones in your foot meet at the ankle, and if you break one of these it is usually pretty obvious, causing extreme pain and discomfort. A more subtle hairline fracture may only hurt some of the time. Your foot doctor can evaluate these symptoms and confirm a hairline crack with imaging studies.

  1. Arthritis

The joint pain and diseases related to the many types of arthritis frequently affect the ankle.

There are a variety of other conditions that can cause ankle pain and it is important to have an evaluation performed by a professional to determine the actual cause and to recommend the best course of treatment.

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).