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At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that there are many reasons why patients may need podiatric surgery. In some cases, it can be the best or only way to correct a chronic foot problem such as weak ankles or bunions. Patients may also elect to have a surgical procedure to relieve pain and discomfort from conditions such as corns, ingrown toenails or heel spurs. Whatever the reason, our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will want to ensure that you understand as much as possible about the surgery and the recovery period. Knowing what to expect will help you feel more confident and comfortable with the procedure. Below are some questions to ask to help you prepare.

  1. Where will the surgery be performed? Many toe, ankle and foot surgeries can be performed right in our Cromwell office or at an outpatient surgical center.
  2. What type of anesthesia will be used? Some foot surgeries can be performed using local anesthesia with or without a sedative; others require general anesthesia.
  3. How long will the surgery take, and will I need someone to drive me home?
  4. Is there any pre-op testing that needs to be done or restrictions in the days leading up to the surgery?
  5. After the surgery, how long will it be before I can bear weight on the affected foot? This is important to know so you can decide how to arrange things at home for your recovery. If your bedroom is upstairs, for example, you may want to set up a temporary room on the main floor if you will be non-weight bearing for a period of time.
  6. Will I need protective or assistive devices such as surgical shoes, scooter, crutches etc.?
  7. How long will the recovery period be? This is essential information for planning your time off from work and rearranging other engagements on your calendar.
  8. Will there be additional treatments or therapy needed after the surgery? In many cases, physical therapy may be needed to complete the recovery and rehabilitation. Don’t skip this step even if your foot feels fine—muscles, tendons, and ligaments may need to be strengthened in order to fully rehabilitate after surgery.

If you have additional questions regarding an upcoming podiatric surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 14, 2018
Category: foot surgery

Joint Replacement of the metatarsophalangeal or “MTP” joint is used to treat arthritis of the big toe. During this procedure, the big toe joint is removed and substituted with metal or plastic pieces and is done so to reduce pain and to regain full range of motion. Symptoms of arthritis in the big toe are discomfort and a reduction in mobility. It is however important to recognize that those patients who have an infection, blood vessel sickness or any relevant allergies should not undergo this procedure. It may also be risky for patients with diabetes to have this surgery performed on them as well.

When performed, it is done by first making an incision over the first MTP joint and having a portion of the bone removed from the joint. Bone channels are thereafter cleared and implants are placed in the correct position. Lastly, the wound is closed up. If there are any initial bone deformities, they must be addressed during surgery or the implant may fail.  

Recovery post-surgery includes:

  • Gauze bandaging is positioned over the toe and the joint is immobilized.
  • Physical therapy will be used to strengthen the joint.
  • The foot should be elevated to reduce inflammation.
  • A special shoe may be worn after stitches are removed to aid in the healing process.
  • Weight bearing may need to be limited to a small amount of time while healing, although near routine walking will be possible within a few weeks after the surgical procedure is performed on the toe.

Toe joint replacement is an important procedure that can significantly help diminish pain in an arthritic big toe. Please contact us for a consultation to determine if your toe may require this form of treatment. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can help to eliminate pain from arthritis in your big toe with this procedure. So please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and check out our Patient Education library to see how to check your feet and ankles for other signs of complications.

 

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 20, 2017
Category: foot surgery

Foot reconstruction is an important and necessary procedure once the foot has become nonresponsive to conservative forms of treatment in certain situations. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to develop the best reconstruction treatment plan for your feet at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Call our offices at (860) 632-5499 and review the Patient Education library on our website for more substantive information about this procedure.  

Foot reconstruction surgery is a huge procedure and is therefore undertaken as a last option. When foot deformities produce discomfort, and have you struggling when walking, other complications such as corns, calluses or other wounds may result. Significant deformities are usually caused by flatfeet, high arches, arthritis or severe traumatic events.

Conservative treatment for many foot conditions includes orthotics, wearing proper shoes and using other foot support devices. Reconstructive surgery, if elected, will involve moving bones into optimal locations, lengthening or relocating tendons and the fusing of bones. Complications that may eventually lead to this procedure are:

  • Bunions.
  • Pediatric defects.
  • Flat feet.
  • Foot fractures.
  • Injuries sustained during high intensity activities.
  • Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • Heel Spurs.
  • Infections.

This procedure’s main goals are to reduce severe pain and to once again reestablish a normal foot function. The type of reconstruction surgery to be utilized is determined by age, the specific complication and the advancement of symptoms. For example, a form of surgical reconstruction involves cutting the heel bone to reposition it in the best location via a screw mechanism. This type of surgery can help to place the heel bone in the best position to support the arch. Metal plates may also be used to increase the arch. Due to the seriousness and the many positive benefits that foot reconstruction surgery can have on your feet, please contact our offices to receive a comprehensive consultation and a potential reconstruction treatment plan. We can help restore your normal foot functions and get your feet back on the road to being the way they once were!

 

 



 








 

 

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