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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 05, 2019
Category: foot deformities
Tags: hammertoes   corns   blisters   surgery  

Hammertoes are painful and cause severe problems when wearing shoes. If they become excessively bent, the problem is likely to worsen unless you take action to protect your feet from further harm.

If left unattended, hammertoes can become infected with blisters, corns or disproportionate bone protrusions and more. Not only is the condition excruciatingly painful, but you also may not be able to carry out your daily chores as merely walking can become an ordeal.

If your foot condition has passed the preliminary stages and is not responding well to other treatments, surgery is a viable and effective method to treat bent hammertoes. Through surgery, the toes are placed in their proper position so that the functionality of the tendons improves; toe muscles become stronger and more stable.

There are two types of surgical procedures that can treat your hammertoes: Fusion and Joint resection. The former type of surgery involves removing the damaged joint and combining the ends together so that the shape of the toe is restored. The latter surgical procedure entails removing the end of the joint and using a device to maintain the rightful position of the toes.

Following surgery, rest is essential to allow ample healing time for the foot. In most cases, some low-intensity program of physiotherapy is required to regain proper functionality of the toes and the foot as a whole.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot experts are equipped to solve your foot concerns and ensure that your foot health is not compromised. Consult our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for all your foot and ankle-related concerns. We deal with hammertoes, toenail infections, bunions, diabetic foot care, flat feet, orthotics, tendon pains, foot and ankle injuries and more. Feel free to visit our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York and enjoy healthy and pain-free feet. For more information, you can schedule an appointment or browse through our extensive educational library online.

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.