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By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
July 17, 2017
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Foot Pain   Back Pain   Bunions   Arthritis  

Orthotics are used to treat a variety of foot problems and medical issues. Orthotic devices are molded pieces of leather, rubber or otherOrthotics material that are inserted into a shoe. They correct the alignment of your foot and cushion your foot from excessive pounding. Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates is located in New York, NY, and offers custom orthotics to patients. Here are some reasons to consider orthotics.

1. You have diabetes.
Diabetes often results in nerve damage in the feet. This can lead to sensation loss, leaving a diabetic patient unable to feel cold, heat, or pain – which can also lead to strain and stress on other areas of the body. Millions of diabetic patients use orthotic devices to reduce the strain.

2. You have arthritis. 
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints. Arthritis can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness in and around the joints. When you have arthritis, movement becomes very difficult and painful. Foot orthotics can be employed to alleviate your pain and help you retain and enhance mobility.

3. You are an active person.
In an effort to improve physical performance, many fitness enthusiasts rely on custom-fit orthotic devices to keep their feet in their most efficient alignment, allowing the ligaments, bones, tendons and muscles to work at a higher efficiency and prevent injuries.

4. You have back pain.
Orthotic devices are sometimes used to treat back pain in individuals who have some type of foot imbalance or dysfunction. Walking and standing with the feet, legs, spine and hips out of alignment can contribute to back pain. The use of orthotic devices that correct the alignment of the feet helps to stop this domino effect from occurring.

5. You have foot pain.
Want relief from foot pain? Orthotic devices are designed to correct structural issues and ease foot pain. Making good shoe decisions can go a long way toward preventing foot pain, but for those who are already suffering, orthotic devices may provide much-needed relief.

6. You have a bunion.
Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joint connecting the big toe. Orthotic devices are placed inside your shoes to help realign the bones of your foot. This will relieve the pressure on your bunion and alleviate your pain. Orthotic devices will not take away the bunion deformity, but they can help to control the pain and the progression of the deformity.

So, what are you waiting for? Call Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates at 212-628-4444 today to schedule an appointment in New York. We offer state-of-the-art treatments for problems of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Your feet will be in expert hands with one of our world-class New York, NY, podiatrists!Orthotics are used to treat a variety of foot problems and medical issues.

Foot surgery is the final remedy for many different kinds of pain in the foot and ankle caused by bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis, just to name a few. Though these problems can cause severe pain in some patients, relief can often be found through alternative treatments. It is only in extreme cases--when these alternative treatments aren't  effective--that there is a need for foot surgery.  Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your ailments.

Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgeries fall into two major categories:

  • Head procedures that treat the big toe joint
  • Base procedures concentrate on the bone near or behind the big toe joint. 

Most bunion surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis at a surgical center or hospital. It is important to set aside an entire day for your surgery, even though you may be in the facility for only half a day. Bunion surgery is usually performed with a local anesthetic that can be combined with a sedation medication to put you into a “twilight” sleep so that you are fully relaxed for the procedure.  

After surgery, patients are often given a long-acting anesthetic and pain medication, which is why someone else must drive you home. The type of procedure you have will determine the degree to which you can put weight on the foot immediately after the surgery. Some patients may have to use crutches, while others may be sent home wearing a surgical shoe.  

During the first week after surgery, you will need to keep your foot elevated as much as possible. Ice packs should also be applied for the first three to four days to reduce swelling. Limited walking is often required over the first two weeks to promote healing. Your podiatrist may also instruct you on some basic exercises that need to be performed daily.

Ankle Surgery

Ankle surgery may be required to correct a serious deformity of the ankle and its bone structure. Injury, birth defects, or changes throughout the course of life are the usual culprits. Disease, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and neuromuscular conditions, may cause severe foot and ankle deformities that, over time, cause pain and difficulty walking. Surgeries of the ankle emphasize the realignment of the structure either around or after removal of the deformity.

Various kinds of internal and external fixation devices are often required to maintain the appropriate alignment during, and beyond the healing process. Varying in complexity and severity, many ankle surgeries are conducted on a same-day, outpatient basis.  Patients need to arrange for another person to take them home after surgery and to stay with them for the first 24 hours following the surgery. Post-operative instructions provided by your podiatrist will give you the information needed to care for your recovering ankle following surgery.  

When foot problems occur, your feet deserve your full attention and the care of your podiatrist. Foot surgery can often be avoided with conservative treatments, but if your foot pain is excessive foot surgery may be the best solution. Contact your podiatrist in today for further consultation and treatment of your foot ailments.