Fix Your Feet podiatrist Dr. Yolanda Ragland has the answers to your foot-surgery concerns so you can say ``bye bye’’ to bothersome foot bunions:
Fall is my favorite time for the RISE of footwear. That’s right, when the temperatures drop it’s time to go to any lengths--from Mod booties to thigh-hi’s and over-the-knee leg-hugging boots--for showing off your style in NYC while protecting your precious feet from inclement weather. Here is your podiatrist’s tips on breaking out the boots!
When the time comes to take care of foot bunions and toe corns through surgery, it’s best to be thoroughly informed. For starters, how much pain can be expected? Recovery from post-operative bunion surgery varies from patient to patient and even foot surgeon to foot surgeon. The truth is, a patient’s threshold for pain and even perception of pain will range from mild to severe. Additionally, the podiatrist’s finesse with the soft tissue and bony structure will have a great impact on post-op foot surgery recovery. Furthermore, factors like smoking and not following instructions will play an important role in each patient’s recuperation.
We should all live by the motto: “Feet don’t fail me now.” So what’s the cause of excruciating foot pain with a first step? Generally, it’s a medical condition directly related to foot heel spur syndrome known as plantar fasciitis. Medical foot injections composed from a steroid broadly known as cortisone can be used to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. This type of steroid is not an enhancement-performance drug and is legal in the United States and international anti-doping regulations. According to Dr. Cathy Fieseler, president of the American Medical Athletic Association, “Cortisone is a wonderful, terrible drug.” It is wonderful because it knocks out the precise inflammation in the affected area of the foot. This relief of foot pain can be perceived as immediate when combined with short and long-acting local anesthesia. However, if the issue which caused the inflammation initially is not resolved the foot discomfort will inevitably return.
Did you ever wonder about the significance of your toes varying lengths? For starters, take a look at your second toe to see if it’s longer than your big toe known as the hallux. It’s widely believed that a longer second toe is associated with being ill tempered and it’s recommended to keep one’s emotions in check. Additionally, women who possess a second toe longer than the big toe signifies that she will dominate her marriage! On a cultural note, different parabola of the foot have been associated with various ethnic origins. For example, a second toe longer than the big toe is known to be linked to Grecian descent.
Whether your shoe size is dainty or daunting, stepping up to medically necessary yet elective surgery, such as foot bunion or toe corn removal, can be an overwhelming decision. The mere thought of having a medical professional surgically repair your foot, putting it back together better than it was before, is frankly frightening. But when you have reached the point where bunion shields, toe sleeves, corn pads, corn removal kits, razoring off toe corns, orthotics and wearing “fugly shoes” simply does not relieve the pain, your feet will tell you it is time to seek surgical foot intervention. That is why when shopping for your foot surgeon, be sure to arm yourself with the short checklist of crucial questions below that will aid you in selecting the best foot surgeon for your precious feet.
Women covet shoes more than any other essential accessory. However, unlike all other adornments including handbags, footwear is a necessity for trotting to work, play and run errands on even the most unchartered terrains in order to avoid foot injuries and pesty diseases. Like handbags, shoes have evolved from being completely functional to stylish status symbol and, at times, unreasonable and needless foot attire. The desire to lavishly ornament one’s feet, begets the trend that socially accepts the practice to grin and bear the pain, regardless of the consequences: agonizing foot bunions, toe corns and hammertoes that come with donning ill-fitting footwear. In recent times, stories have emerged regarding, what seems like, supererogatory foot-surgery procedures for the pleasure to indulge in enrobing the foot in perfect pair of pumps. However, after reading between the lines of many stories that detail what appears to be ridiculous cosmetic foot procedures, the ultimate conclusion reveals that most women who have foot surgery to fit into their shoes are no different that than someone getting a nose job to breathe easier and relieve sinus headaches, extracting wisdom teeth to avoid tooth crowding and gum pain, or even having a circumcision to decrease infection and improve sexual sensation! In fact, the stories fabricated about women having foot surgery to simply fit into heels are at best skewed but moreover exaggerated to capture the attention of the reader.
We’re all trying to stay on our tippy toes, but bunion and foot corn removal or even hammertoe surgery may seem odd and excessive to those not afflicted by these conditions. For those who suffer with painful and unsightly bunions, foot corn and hammertoes, however, contemplation of foot surgical correction is a real and necessary consideration. Nonetheless, any type of elective cosmetic foot surgery should not be taken lightly. Here are the top four reasons why one should consider cosmetic foot surgery.
Let’s face it, podiatry is a lackluster medical profession. The medical art of podiatry is frequently associated with chiropody, the bygone practice of solely paring foot corns, calluses and toenails of the feet. In our multi-tasking minds, a typical podiatry office is a quintessential elderly foot salon for diabetics and people in declining health. However, the healing arts of the foot have evolved dramatically over the past 40 years. Podiatrists, taking advantage of this modern metamorphosis, have created subspecialities within the specialty of podiatry. Podiatrists now specialize in foot and ankle sports medicine, dermatology, foot limb salvage, medical spas (also known as medi-pedi spas) and, in the case of Dr. Ragland’s Fix Your Feet, foot surgery.