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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 11, 2018
Category: Foot Surgery

Having to go through any foot or ankle surgery can be very nerve-racking. The foot and ankle sometimes need to be operated on in order to fix the problems they are facing with surgical tools, reconstruction, and other medical methods. Without the use of surgery, some people would no longer be able to walk. Thanks to today’s technology and advancements, surgery has gone from a large incision to something smaller and easier to recover from.

Arthroscopy is a type of surgery that allows a surgeon to use a very small incision to diagnose and then treat foot and ankle conditions, specifically in the joints.

How is it done?

A tiny telescope is inserted into the designated area and moved around gently. This telescope has a camera and light on it so the surgeon can see into the patient. The image is displayed on a screen in the operating theatre and viewed by the doctor and his or her colleagues, allowing them to make a proper diagnosis.

What disorders can it detect and treat?

  • Big toe joint problems
  • Achilles tendinitis - it can look at the inflamed tissue and remove any dead or dying tissue
  • Ankle fusion surgery
  • Toe fusion surgery
  • Foot fusion surgery
  • Ankle joint defects

Why choose this method?

  • The scar where the incision is made is much smaller than a traditional incision.
  • Your hospital stay will be shorter because the smaller incision is easier to heal from.
  • Shorter rehabilitation time.

What are the risks?

  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • If arthroscopy is unsuccessful, open surgery may be used in its place causing longer rehabilitation time

Having a surgery should never be considered lightly. Consult with a podiatrist before making any decisions regarding your foot or ankle health. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you decide whether or not foot or ankle surgery is right for you and your ailment. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Surgery

People all over the world look for ways to improve their looks on a regular basis. While some people are lucky enough to accept how they look naturally, others aren’t quite as happy with their natural package. Podiatrists all over have received calls and appointments for patients of all walks of life, interested in undergoing cosmetic foot surgery to have nicer looking feet. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good and feel good about yourself, cosmetic foot surgery should not be taken lightly and can be very dangerous.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) has given statements warning podiatrists and patients alike about trends of wanting cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of the foot and ankle. They state that some ladies are asking for surgery to thin out the size of their overall foot, shorten their toes and even to add cushion to their heels. The reasoning? So that they can fit into high fashion heels comfortably. The alteration of the foot due to surgery is a very major task and can result in infection, nerve injury and chronic pain is not performed appropriately.

Many podiatrists even see patients who need help fixing the adverse effects that were caused to their feet by cosmetic surgery. These patients have pain, trouble walking and an array of other issues due to unnecessary surgery.

The AOFAS defines cosmetic foot surgery as surgery that occurs only to improve the appearance of the foot. Most podiatrists recommend that foot surgery should be administered as a goal to relieve pain, improve the function of the foot and to enhance quality of life during normal day to day activity.

If you are considering foot surgery of any kind it is important to get a second opinion. Foot surgery should never be taken lightly and is not for everyone. Call Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let the stress of surgery overwhelm you, we are here to help!