Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

If you think you might be a candidate for bunion surgery, here are key factors to help guide your decision. Bunions are painful bumps on the side of your big toe that develop when the base of the toe pushes outward. Bunion formation is often due to genetics and wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly high heels. Bunion pain can be managed through various non-surgical treatments such as wearing supportive shoes, and having pain medications or cortisone shots. If these methods fail and the bunion severely impacts your daily life, surgery becomes an option. The type of surgical procedure depends on the severity of the bunion, with moderate cases typically involving shaving the bump and correcting the toe joint's angle. Recovery includes wearing a special boot for a few weeks, and managing bruising and swelling. Delaying surgery can lead to more complex procedures with longer recovery times. A podiatrist will guide you through the recovery process, including follow-up visits to monitor for complications like infections. Keep in mind that surgery may not be a permanent solution, especially if you are genetically predisposed to bunions. Wearing proper shoes and avoiding injuries post-surgery can help maintain the results. If you have a bunion that is causing extreme discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out if bunion surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our doctors of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Needham, Norwood, and Hanover, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers require prompt and comprehensive treatment to prevent complications. The first step involves cleaning the wound thoroughly to remove dead tissue and reduce infection risk. Keeping the ulcer dry and covered with a sterile dressing helps protect it from further damage. Pressure offloading, achieved by using specialized footwear or orthotic devices, is essential to reduce stress on the affected area and promote healing. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection, and ensuring the ulcer is healing properly allows for timely intervention if complications arise. Managing blood sugar levels effectively is vital, as high glucose levels can impede the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, and effectively treat foot ulcers.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our doctors from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Needham, Norwood, and Hanover, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear, often due to sudden twisting, turning, or rolling of the foot. They are common in sports and activities that involve quick changes in direction. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected ankle. Severe sprains may also cause instability and a popping sensation at the time of injury. Complications can include chronic ankle pain, instability, and arthritis if not properly treated. Treatment generally involves rest, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications to help manage the pain and swelling. Targeted stretching exercises are important for restoring strength and flexibility. Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the sprain but usually takes several weeks to a few months for full strength to return. If you believe you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our doctors from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Needham, Norwood, and Hanover, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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