Non-Surgical Treatments to Correct Foot Problems
Recent advances in the field of podiatry have shown that, because the feet are the foundation of the entire body, a structural problem in one area will likely cause an imbalance in another. Simply put, when your feet hurt, your whole body may be out of alignment. In addition, people who experienced pain in their legs, back or calves are usually surprised when they’re told the cause is also responsible for the bunions they’ve had for years
Relief from foot pain usually centers around these two options: conservation, in-office treatments and surgery. Sometimes surgery is the answer. However, diabetics and others with severe circulatory problems may not be candidates for foot surgery. Because of this, new conservative options, such as non-surgical foot treatments, have been developed to treat many common foot problems.
Structural Imbalances Are Behind Most Foot Problems
Structural foot imbalances can be present at birth, and result in foot problems becoming increasingly more severe as people get older. Painful foot conditions are nearly as common as headaches and cold, and nine out of ten adults report some form of foot pain at once time or another in their lives. The foot conditions most frequently experienced include:
Biomechanical State-of-the Art Treatments
An exciting, new field of study, call biomechanics, a combined study of biology and the mechanics of motion, has given medical professionals insight on how to treat foot problems. Now, research has proven that many foot problems respond positively to conservative treatment options, often eliminating the need for surgery. Biomechanics seeks to correct the imbalances of the foot and control its range of motion by using a variety of treatments including:
- Orthotics: Medically engineered shoe inserts are precisely molded to the patients’ foot, improving foot stability and balance, and relieving friction. The inserts maintain proper foot support and gently align the foot into the proper position, thus decreasing stress and strain on the foot bones and tissues while distributing body weight evenly. Orthotic devices also slow the progression of foot deformity and pain. Shown in the diagrams below are orthotic devices in action.Orthotics are custom-made for each patient and are the result of a thorough examination conducted by Dr. Tepper. Impressions, or casts, of your feet are taken, and specially trained technicians then craft your inserts from both Dr. Tepper’s prescription and your foot impressions.
- Molded shoes: Shoes are molded to a plaster cast of a patient’s foot and adapted to respond to specific foot problems relieving pressure and pain. Modern molded shoes are now much lighter and more attractive than the old-fashioned varieties
- Injections: Steroid injections are administered at the patient’s specific trigger points of pain, often bringing a reduction in both swelling and pain.
When To Consider Foot Surgery
Sometimes, patients find conservative treatments methods to be more time-consuming than they wish, or less effective in treating their particular foot problem. When this happens, it is time to discuss foot surgery with Dr. Tepper.
Many people avoid foot surgery because they are afraid. They have heard stories about foot surgery that was painful or that needed several weeks of recovery time. This picture is very different today. Most modern foot surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.
When You Need Dr. Tepper’s Help
Dr. Jan David Tepper is an expert podiatric physician and surgeon specializing in modern treatment for foot and ankle problems. Dr. Tepper advises patients on treatment options, as well as performing necessary medical and surgical procedures. His office has the latest state-of-the art equipment designed specifically for the diagnosis and treatment of foot problems.
Dr. Tepper is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.