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Surgery on any part of your body can be a major commitment, both of your time and your money. Foot surgeries in particular often come with many restrictions and an extended recovery time. That's why Dr. Eric Peters, your podiatrist in White Plains, New York, takes every measure possible to treat foot injuries and conditions conservatively before suggesting surgery. The following foot conditions often respond very well to surgery after non-surgical methods have been fully exhausted.
These deformities in the toe joints can cause them to bend unnaturally and often uncomfortably. Called hammertoes, the way in which they are bent determines their name. Your White Plains podiatrist may recommend corrective foot surgery if your toe deformity is continuously painful and wearing shoes is difficult or impossible. There are several types of surgeries that can be utilized in these cases; they all have the ultimate goal of straightening the toes and relieving pain.
Bunions, an outgrowth of bone on the big toe, are thought to be caused by wearing narrow or poorly-fitted footwear. While they can be unsightly, your White Plains podiatrist, like others in his field, generally subscribe to the rule that if a bunion isn't painful, surgery is not required. However, for some patients, the pressure placed on bunions from wearing shoes causes quite a bit of swelling, inflammation and resulting discomfort that cannot be relieved with shoe inserts and cushioned pads. In these cases, your Dr. Peters may recommend surgery to correct deformities and restore function.
Foot fractures, or breaks, are another common foot ailment seen by Dr. Peters. Because there are so many bones in the foot, your White Plains podiatrist will need to take a series of X-rays to determine which bones have suffered trauma and what kind of fractures they sustained. Not all foot fractures will require surgery; the ones that need stabilization and repositioning are the most likely candidates. The goal of all foot surgeries, including those for fractures, is to retain the function of the foot and avoid future problems like chronic pain or arthritis in the joint.
If your foot injury requires surgery, your White Plains podiatrist, Dr. Peters, will fully discuss with you the benefits, risks, and downtime involved with the procedure you need. Please contact us in White Plains, New York if you have a foot or ankle issue you would like Dr. Peters to evaluate.
A study by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that foot problems, namely pain, affect the majority of Americans to the tune of 77 percent of the population. In some cases, the only solution is foot surgery. Learn the reasons why you might need foot surgery, and the steps that you and your White Plains foot doctor Dr. Eric Peters will take to make this important decision.
Common Foot Issues
Podiatrists treat millions of Americans every year for foot-related problems. It’s not very surprising considering the fact that the average adult takes over 5,000 steps per day in uncomfortable shoes. Foot problems are also very common in women because they wear high heels that are usually designed for fashion; not comfort. The most common foot issues include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Corns and calluses
- Foot fungus
- Heel Spurs
Most of these problems can be addressed without surgery in their early stages, but if they are in the later stages, foot surgery by your White Plains podiatrist Dr. Peters may be required for relief.
Reasons for Foot Surgery
Foot doctors perform a number of different types of surgical procedures, including a simple bunionectomy, metatarsal surgery and tendon surgery. Common purposes of foot surgery include:
Removing something that’s putting pressure on the foot.
- Fixing a deformity.
- Realigning or fusing bones.
- Adjusting the length of tendons.
- Alleviating discomfort.
In some major cases, reconstructive surgery is needed to “rebuild” the foot or ankle using screws, pins, bone grafting and implantation.
Is Foot Surgery Right for You
Each case is different, which is why it’s important to consult with your foot doctor as soon as possible when you’re experiencing foot pain or have a foot deformity. Tests and X-rays must be taken to evaluate your case, as well as a full medical history. In some cases, you may need a blood flow study to analyze the circulation in your feet before you’re approved for foot surgery. You and your podiatrist will also explore non-invasive solutions that may be an alternative to surgery.
Call Dr. Eric Peters for a Consultation
You and your White Plains podiatrist Dr. Peters will jointly decide whether foot surgery is right for you. Call the office our office at 914-285-4444 today to schedule an exam and consultation.