Are You in Need of Foot Surgery?
posted: Mar. 09, 2018.
There are foot problems that cannot be relieved with “conservative” or non-invasive management. Podiatrists are able to determine when a surgical intervention may be helpful. Often when a deformity or pain persists, surgery may be the appropriate solution to alleviate discomfort or to be able to restore the function of your foot.
One common deformity of the foot is bunions. A bunion is an enlargement of the tissue and bone around the joint of the big toe. Heredity plays a major role in the occurrence of bunions, as well as in other foot conditions. If you have symptomatic bunions, the affected area may become red, swollen, and inflamed. This makes wearing shoes and walking uncomfortable, painful, and difficult. Our podiatrist, Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM will determine the type of surgical procedure that is best suited for your deformity based on a series of examinations.
Another common deformity is hammertoes. This foot deformity refers to contracture of the toe or toes, often caused by an imbalance in the tendons or joints of the toes. Hammertoes may become painful due to the “buckling” effect of the toe or toes, and the pain can be increased by footwear irritation and pressure. Corn and callus formation may also occur as a hammertoe becomes more rigid overtime, making it more difficult to wear shoes. Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM may suggest correction of this deformity through a surgical procedure that will realign the toe or toes.
Another foot deformity is bone spurs. This condition is an overgrowth of bone as a result of trauma, pressure, or reactive stress of a ligament or a tendon. This growth can also cause pain and can even restrict motion of a joint – depending on its size and location. Spurs can develop under the toenail plate, causing nail deformity and pain. A surgical treatment or procedure will be based on the location, size, and symptoms of the bone spur. Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM will also be able to determine the surgical method best suited for your condition.
Neuroma, a benign enlargement of a nerve segment, may be produced due to an irritation of a nerve. This is commonly found between the third and fourth toes. There are several factors that can contribute to the formation of a neuroma such as arthritis, trauma, high-heeled footwear, or an abnormal bone structure. Symptoms include burning or tingling in the ball of the foot or sometimes in the adjacent toes, as well as numbness. Other symptoms are swelling between the toes, and pain in the ball of the foot especially when weight is placed on it.
If you have further inquiries on foot surgery, feel free to contact us today at 416.486.9917.