In recent years, minimally invasive surgery has garnered increasing attention as a potential solution for correcting foot and ankle deformities. Unlike traditional open procedures that require large incisions, minimally invasive surgery involves small, precise incisions. The anticipated advantages of this type of surgery include the preservation of blood supply, reduced harm to adjacent soft tissues, and a decreased incidence of wound complications. Minimally invasive surgical techniques can be performed for deformities such as flat feet, bunions, and hammertoe surgeries. If you have foot or ankle deformities, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether minimally invasive surgery can help you.
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:
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:
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.
In the bustling rhythm of daily life, our feet often bear the brunt of our activities, yet they are often neglected when it comes to self care. Establishing a robust foot care routine, however, unveils a cascade of remarkable benefits. Regular exfoliation and moisturization not only soften the skin but also prevent unsightly issues such as calluses and cracked heels. This routine is not just about aesthetics, as it nurtures the foundation of our body's mobility. A soothing foot soak not only relaxes tired muscles but promotes blood circulation, enhancing overall well being. A well maintained foot care routine can improve posture and alleviate potential joint pain. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of practicing every day foot care routines, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with important information.
Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.
It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.
Pregnancy is a much-anticipated journey for many women, often filled with numerous physical changes, and the feet are no exception. During this transformative time, many women experience various alterations in their feet, which can be from hormonal shifts and increased weight. One common change is the flattening of the arches, caused by the hormone relaxin. This is effective in loosening the ligaments and joints in preparation for childbirth. As a result, some women may experience pain and discomfort in the feet and ankles. Swelling, also known as edema, is another prevalent issue, as the body retains more fluids during pregnancy. This can lead to a feeling of heaviness and tightness in the feet. To alleviate these symptoms, pregnant women are advised to wear comfortable and supportive footwear, elevate their feet when possible, and perform foot stretches and exercises. It's essential to prioritize foot health during pregnancy to ensure a smoother and more enjoyable journey to motherhood. It is suggested for women who are pregnant include a podiatrist in their healthcare team who can treat any foot conditions that may arise.
Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages.
How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?
Toddlers' feet grow at an unpredictable rate, just like their ever-changing moods and preferences. Between ages 1 and 3, a child's foot typically grows about 1/2 to 3/4 inches per year, with occasional growth spurts leading to rapid changes in shoe size. Trying to measure their feet monthly can be a challenge, so monitoring how well their shoes fit is the best way to gauge their growth. It is common for toddlers to require two or three different shoe sizes within a year, which may seem costly but is a natural part of their development. After age 3, foot growth slows to about 1/2 inch per year until reaching adult size. When shopping for shoes, it is crucial to check the fit regularly, ensuring there is enough space for the toes. Non-slip soles are essential for toddlers, as they are still developing coordination. Opt for shoes with easy fastening, like hook-and-loop tape, as toddlers are not yet ready to tie laces independently. Parents can support their toddlers' healthy foot development by choosing the right-sized and comfortable shoes during these crucial early years. If you would like more help in understanding your toddlers’ growing feet and proper shoe selection, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Larry Cohen of New York City. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
Foot neuropathy is characterized by nerve damage affecting foot sensation and function. It can result from various underlying conditions, including diabetes, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, and certain medications. As foot neuropathy progresses, individuals may experience tingling, burning sensations, numbness, or weakness in their feet. Over time, this condition can lead to foot ulcers, infections, and difficulties with maintaining balance and walking. The treatment of foot neuropathy depends on its cause and severity. Approaches may include managing the underlying condition, administering medications to control pain or nerve inflammation, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. If you are experiencing this discomfort, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who is well-versed in dealing with this condition.
Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.
To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.
Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Midtown, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.