The Next Step Difference: Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery


 

Why you should choose Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic if you are considering Minimally Invasive Foot or Ankle Surgery:  

 

Many podiatrists provide very little in the form of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) options for their patients. Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic provides this option to our patients and has for several years now.  These techniques revolutionized the surgical treatment of many foot and ankle conditions. 

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery over Traditional Surgery can include:  

  • Smaller surgery scars.
  • Less risk of infection.
  • Minimal post-operative pain.
  • Quicker recovery.
  • No hospital stay.
  • Quicker return to work and normal activities.

 

What foot or ankle conditions can be treated with Minimally Invasive Surgery techniques at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic?

 

Hammertoes:

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized how we treat almost all hammertoes.     The huge advantage of this procedure is the very short recovery time. In general, most of our patients leave the dressing on for 2 days.  After that they take the dressing off and return to normal shoes. Only rarely is a Band-Aid required. The toe may be sore for a few weeks but in general, the recovery is very quick!

 

Corns:  

Many people have the mistaken opinion that corns are caused by a skin problem.  The fact is that almost all corns are caused by an underlying bony prominence. These bony prominences can be removed using a minimally invasive surgery technique.  Generally the incision is less than ¼ inch long. The recovery is basically 2 or 3 days with a dressing and then subsequently a Band-Aid for a couple of weeks.

 

Bunions: 

Bunions can also be corrected with minimally invasive surgery.  This results in a generally shorter recovery time, a much smaller scar, and significantly less pain because of less soft tissue trauma.  The recovery for this type of surgery still requires some time because the bones have to heal. But, in general the recovery is easier because there is a lot less swelling.  Our doctors have been trained in minimally invasive bunion surgery.

 

Tailor’s Bunions:  

Tailor’s bunions occur on the outside of the foot by the pinky toe and they can be addressed with minimally invasive surgery techniques as well.

 

Ball of foot pain:  

Different problems can cause ball of foot pain.  Many of these can be addressed with minimally invasive surgery.    Again, the big advantage is a shorter recovery because of less soft tissue damage.  

 

Flat Feet: 

Surprisingly, flat feet can be corrected with minimally invasive surgery as well.  Through a very small incision, certain procedures can be done to dramatically change the way the foot functions.  This is one of our favorite procedures because of the profound effects it has on the person’s life. Not all feet are candidates for this type of correction but many are.  

 

Diabetic foot ulcers:

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to offload diabetic foot ulcers and dramatically speed healing.  This is especially true for ulcers on the toes. 

 

Schedule your appointment with Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic to see if Minimally Invasive Surgery is the correct option for your foot, heel or ankle condition.  Please call us at 210.375.3318 or 830.569.3338.

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