Did You Know Our Podiatrists Are Surgeons?

Did you know that our doctors are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery? Many foot problems do not respond to “conservative” treatment. When this occurs, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim can determine when surgical intervention may be the best option. Often when pain or deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot.

Types of Foot Surgery

Bunion Surgery: There are many different types of bunion surgery depending on the severity of the bunion and the joint involvement. Our podiatrists have excellent results with minimal pain post-operatively.

Hammer Toe Surgery: Hammer toe surgery may involve removing a portion of one of the bones in the toe to realign the toe or could involve fusing the joints in the toe. In some cases, it may involve placing a temporary wire to hold the toes straight or a permanent implant in the toe to maintain realignment.

Fusions: Fusions are usually performed to treat arthritic or painful conditions of the foot and ankle. A fusion involves removing all cartilage from a joint and then joining two or more bones together so that they do not move. Fusions can be done with screws, plates, or pins, or a combination of these.

Heel Spur Surgery: Based on the condition and the nature of the disease, heel surgery can provide relief of pain and restore mobility in many cases. Our podiatrists will determine which heel surgery method is best for you based on their examination.

Metatarsal Surgery: Surgery on the long bones of the feet is performed for a variety of reasons but is commonly performed to redistribute the weight bearing on the ball of the foot. In some severe cases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, surgery may involve removing the metatarsal heads (the bones in the ball of the foot area).

Tendon Surgery: Surgery on the tendons can be performed for acute injuries such as ruptures and can also be performed for chronic conditions to lengthen or shorten the tendon, depending on the problem. In some cases, tendons may be re-routed to improve foot and ankle function.

Nail Surgery: Toenails can become deformed, damaged or infected. It may be determined that the best treatment option may involve surgery. These types of surgeries are typically performed in the office under local anesthetic. Patients can walk out of our office after the procedure and return to normal activities a few days following.

Neuroma Surgery: Neuroma surgery involves removing a benign enlargement of a nerve, which may be causing tingling/burning/numbness to certain toes, usually between the metatarsal heads in the ball of the foot. This soft tissue surgery tends to have a shorter recovery time than bone procedures, but it leaves some residual numbness related to the removal of the piece of nerve tissue.

Reconstructive Surgery: Reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle consists of complex surgical repairs that may be necessary to regain function or stability, reduce pain, or prevent further deformity or disease. Reconstructive surgery may require any of the following: tendon repair/transfer, fusion of bone, joint implantation, bone grafting, skin or soft tissue repair, tumor excision, amputation or osteotomy of bone (cutting of bones in a precise fashion).

Skin Surgery: Growths of the skin or skin surface can occur on the foot. These can include lipomas, fibromas, cysts, warts and moles can occur on any part of the foot skin surface. Some of these conditions can be painful and impact daily activities. In other cases, they can be questionable because they are new in appearance and a biopsy or aspiration may be recommended. On occasion it is recommended to fully excise those lesions. Depending on the size and depth of the condition, surgery may be performed in the office under local anesthesia or take place in an outpatient operating room.

Postoperative Care

Most of these surgeries heal within 3 weeks and the patient can be walking right away. Each of our patients is sent home with post-operative instructions written out for them and tailored to their specific procedure. Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim aim for each of our surgical patients to have a satisfactory and speedy recovery.

Our physicians have had the most specific and specialized training for the foot and ankle. Because of this critical difference, our podiatrists are the most appropriate specialists to promptly diagnose and treat various foot and ankle conditions. We proudly serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen and all surrounding areas. Don’t wait! Call (630) 863-7517 to schedule your evaluation with one of our podiatrists today.

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