A podiatrist can diagnose and treat many types of
foot health problems without the use of surgical techniques. But when patients have
severe foot problems, podiatric surgery may be necessary. Bone fractures,
bunions, neuromas, and hammertoes are all examples of podiatry problems
that may require surgical intervention.
Many people downplay the severity of their foot injuries. They may assume
that they’ve suffered a mild sprain instead of a fracture, for instance.
However, any type of acute foot injury can benefit from evaluation by
a podiatrist. The doctor may order X-rays and other tests to assess the
extent and severity of the injury. Foot and ankle fractures do not always
require surgery; the podiatrist may try to
line up the ends of the bones through nonsurgical reduction. However, if the fracture is unstable, surgery
may be necessary to realign the bones and perhaps to implant surgical
plates and screws.
Bunions are bony bumps that are disfiguring and painful. They develop at
the base of the big toe. Nonsurgical treatment cannot reposition the bunion,
although it can relieve symptoms and prevent the problem from becoming
worse. However, if conservative treatments are insufficient, podiatric
surgery to reposition the toes may be necessary. There are different approaches
the podiatrist may use. He or she may remove swollen tissue, remove part
of the bone, or permanently fuse the bones together.
Neuromas are often found between the third and fourth toes. A neuroma refers
to the abnormal growth of nerve tissue that causes pain, numbness, tingling,
and burning sensations. Severe neuromas may require surgical removal of
the enlarged nerve tissue.
Hammertoes are a painful contracture of the toes at the joint. If detected
and treated early, hammertoes may not require surgery. If the problem
is allowed to progress, the patient may need surgery to realign the toe.
Family Foot Center in Whitestone, we’re committed to maintaining the highest standards
of healthcare excellence. Our podiatrist diagnoses and treats all types
of problems related to foot health, including those that may require podiatric
surgery. Please call (718) 767-5555 to speak with a friendly staff member
and we’ll arrange an appointment for you right away.