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Foot and ankle surgery can help you improve your mobility and reduce pain. Our Newark, Glasgow and Wilmington, DE, podiatrists, Dr. Raymond DiPretoro and Dr. Anthony Caristo of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, explain when the surgery is needed.
Ankle surgery may be needed to stabilize broken bones in your feet or ankles. Pins or other internal or external fixation devices may be used to facilitate proper healing.
Surgery may also be used to correct birth defects that affect your ability to walk normally or cause you pain. The type of surgery depends on the type and extent of the defect.
Arthritis, both osteo and rheumatoid, can cause significant joint deformity and pain. Surgery may be performed to remove bone spurs or inflamed tissues. In some cases, fusing two bones together may be helpful.
Bunions cause a bony bump at the base of your big toe and often affect Newark, Glasgow and Wilmington women who have worn high heels or other tight shoes for years. Surgery removes excess bone and realigns the bones in the foot, eliminating the bunion.
Do you have a toe that bends at a right angle, just like a hammer? Hammertoes are not only painful but also make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. Although you may be able to straighten your toe by pushing on it during the early stages of the condition, it may eventually become rigid. If that happens, surgery may be needed to realign your bones or release the tight tendon.
Achilles' tendon ruptures
Achilles' tendon ruptures are common in athletes, but you don't have to be an athlete to experience the injury. It can also happen if you have tight calf muscles or have certain diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis. Although ruptured tendons can heal on their own, in some cases, surgery may be needed to repair them.
When the edge of your toenail becomes trapped in your skin, you'll need minor surgery to remove the edge. In some cases, removal of the entire nail may be recommended.
Could you benefit from foot and ankle surgery? Call Newark, Glasgow and Wilmington, DE, podiatrists, Dr. DiPretoro and Dr. Caristo of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, at (302) 355-0056 to schedule an appointment.
If you are faced with the prospect of amputation, you may have heard of an alternative called limb salvage surgery, also referred to as limb-sparing surgery. It sounds like something from the future, but actually there are plenty of inspirational stories about people right now who have undergone this procedure and living active lives that include running, biking, surfing and more.
Limb salvage surgery is commonly performed for bone cancer. In recent years, the procedure has been extended to diabetic patients, those with degenerative bone diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, as well as those with serious limb wounds. Rebekah Gregory is an inspiring example. As a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, she is currently being treated by doctors who are performing surgery to salvage her leg. Her hope is to someday run again.
So, what is limb salvage surgery and how exactly is it performed? Basically, the procedure entails removing only the part of the bone and surrounding tissue that is damaged or affected. Using prosthetic rods and bone grafts from other parts of the patient’s body, or from a donor, the section removed is then reconstructed. The appearance of the limb is preserved and its function is restored.
Of course, physical therapy is highly recommended for successful rehabilitation and to accelerate the process of getting you back to the activities you love to do. Rebekah Gregory is just one of many who has chosen this path.
To find out if it’s the right path for you, or to learn more about limb salvage surgery, contact Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro, Jr. of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, Inc. Call 302-623-4250 or visit one of his three convenient Delaware locations in Glasgow, Newark, and Wilmington.
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