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With many people currently working from home, patients are considering this to be a great time for those elective surgeries since the post-operative down time will have little to no impact on work and activity schedules.

At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, our sugical suite is here in our clean and friendly office. Hence, our scheduling is very flexible and can accomodate most date requests from patients. Post-operative followups are also conveniently scheduled. See our surgical page for what surgeries are offered here at Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic.

Here are some more reasons from foothealthfacts.org that may guide you in choosing when to schedule that toe or foot surgery.

Make Your Feet Smile This Sandal Season

(article from foothealthfacts.org)

When summer hits, we are guaranteed at least three solid months of wearing sandals. Seeing your feet exposed may raise questions as to what could be ailing your feet. To help keep your feet healthy and happy for the summer and beyond, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers tips on what to look for with some of the most common foot conditions and when you should see a foot and ankle surgeon for proper treatment.

Surgeons add, getting to the root of the problem early on lends itself to better outcomes and shorter recovery time. Your foot and ankle surgeon can determine the best course of action to get your feet back to a healthy and comfortable state.

1. Bunion
Do you have a bump on the side of your big toe? It could be a bunion. Bunions are often thought to be caused by wearing narrow shoes when in fact they are an inherited condition aggravated by shoe wear. Good news is, they are treatable. Treatment may only require monitoring your feet and making modest modifications to footwear, or depending on the severity of the bunion, surgery may be the best option.

2. Hammertoe
Here is a test—relax and set your feet and toes flat on the ground. If it looks as though you are drawing up your toes toward the ceiling, you could have a hammertoe. Hammertoe is a bending deformity of one or both joints of your toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention. Hammertoes don’t get better without some kind of intervention.

3. Melanoma Skin Cancer
Yes, skin cancer can be found on your feet—in fact, melanoma (the most deadly type of skin cancer) is the type of skin cancer most frequently found on the feet. If you notice an abnormal freckle or mole anywhere on your foot, even under your toenail, it’s best to have it checked out by a foot and ankle surgeon. Early detection is key.

4. Haglund’s Deformity
If you notice a painful bony enlargement on the back of your heel, it could be a Haglund’s deformity—or often heard as a “pump bump.” The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes. This often leads to painful bursitis, which is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the tendon and the bone—the bursa. Foot and ankle surgeons can treat a Haglund’s deformity nonsurgically, but when conservative methods fail, surgery may be needed to relieve pain.

5. Tailor’s Bunion
While most people have heard of the most common type of bunions, which are near the big toe, another type of bunion is the tailor’s bunion or bunionette, which occurs near the little toe. If you notice a painful bump at the base of your little toe, it could be a tailor’s bunion. A foot and ankle surgeon can provide you with conservative methods of treatment as well as surgical options to help alleviate the pain.

Heel pain in children is often due to an injury to the growth plate, a condition called “Calcaneal Apophysitis” or otherwise known as “Sever’s Disease”. Overuse or repeated stress to the growth plate results in painful inflammation. This type of heel pain appears different for children than adults and does not go away easily. There are a few treatments offered at our clinic for this painful condition.

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Come have our pediatric specialist, Dr. Stanford, DPM evaluate and treat your child’s heel pain today!

Understanding Foot Biomechanics

The foot goes through a predictable range of motion known as pronation and supination, typically without any conscious effort. This process was originally meant for soft surfaces, but over time, most surfaces we walk on have changed from soft to hard. So the ground is actually to blame for most of our foot problems! A custom orthotic can help accomodate these environmental changes. Come have our biomechanics specialist, Dr. Stanford, DPM evaluate, explain, and prescribe an orthotic for your feet today!

Read here about our custom orthotics scanning process.

January 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

A “vasospastic disorder” more common in women than men that may be responsible for toes (and sometimes fingers) that are hypersensitive to cold and heat and are slow to warm on their own. Read more about the symptoms and treatment here...

photo courtesy of pcds.org

Six Tips to Protect Kids in Fall Sports

Article from foothealthfacts.org

Every fall season, foot and ankle surgeons see an increase in ankle injuries among young athletes. Football, soccer and basketball are the sports most likely to lead to sprains, broken bones and other problems.

If your children are playing sports this fall, here are six tips that could protect them from serious ankle injuries:

  1. Get ankle injuries treated right away. What seems like a sprain is not always a sprain; in addition to cartilage injuries, your son or daughter might have injured other bones in the foot without knowing it. Have a qualified doctor examine the injury. The sooner rehabilitation starts, the sooner long-term problems like instability or arthritis can be prevented and the sooner your child can get back into competition.
     
  2. Have old sprains checked by a doctor before the season starts. A medical checkup can reveal whether your child's previously injured ankle might be vulnerable to sprains and could possibly benefit from wearing a supportive ankle brace during competition.
     
  3. Buy the right shoe for the sport. Different sports require different shoe gear. Players should not mix baseball cleats with football shoes.
     
  4. Children should start the season with new shoes. Old shoes can wear down like a car tire and become uneven on the bottom, causing the ankle to tilt because the foot cannot lie flat.
  5. Check playing fields for dips, divots and holes. Most sports-related ankle sprains are caused by jumping and running on uneven surfaces. That is why some surgeons recommend that parents walk the field, especially when children compete in nonprofessional settings like public parks, for spots that could catch a player's foot and throw them to the ground. Alert coaching officials to any irregularities.
     
  6. Encourage stretching and warmup exercises. Calf stretches and light jogging before competition help warm up ligaments and blood vessels, reducing the risk for ankle injuries.

At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford treats many athletic patients. He performs a thorough exam and assessment and offers an extensive course of treatment to get that athlete back to playing on and off the field.

We also specialize in prescription custom orthotics that can be fabricated specifically for running shoes, cleats and skates. Read more on our Orthotics page.