Foot pain can be surprisingly debilitating, even when the rest of your body is in great shape. Other people may not understand just how painful and inconvenient these problems can be. If you have been having problems with your feet lately, the most practical thing to do is speak with an orthopedic specialist.
If you live in or around Manhattan, the office of Dr. David S. Levine is right there for you. He has all the knowledge and tools to treat any foot or ankle condition and provide you with the expertise you have been looking for.
The day our feet stop working, we realize just how important they are for our daily life. Ideally, we should talk to a specialist before that day comes, but if that is where you find yourself, now is definitely the time to act.
With today’s expert technology in the field of orthopedics, most problems can be remedied. Feet, after all, are our most important mode of transportation. A New York orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon can help. No one should be living in pain because of their feet or ankles.
When something goes wrong, it can stay wrong for a very long time. Because our feet are made up of so many delicate bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, it stands to reason that with age, injury, or a hereditary condition, there may come a time when seeking out a qualified Manhattan foot and ankle surgeon is your number one priority.
If you have symptoms, or are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, there is cause for concern. Symptoms include:
- Swelling of your leg or foot that persists longer than 72 hours
- Pain when you exercise or walk
- Sudden worsening of a foot deformity
- Pain in your legs or feet, even at rest
- Numbness or tingling in your feet
- Development of blisters or ulcers that do not heal
- Bunions that are becoming more painful
- Any infection in a foot wound
- Any injury to your feet that has not healed properly
When you know it is time to consult with an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, you will find our staff kind, caring, and always wanting to exceed your expectations. We offer a compassionate and professional environment for all of our patients, because it is our privilege to serve them.
If you have been living in pain due to foot or ankle problems and live in the Manhattan area, give the offices of Dr. David S. Levine a call today.
Have you been living with a painful bump on the side of your big toe? Does it stick out one way while your toe goes another? This condition is called a bunion, and you need to know what to do for it. Bunions sometimes run in families. They are more prevalent in women than men, but both sexes can be plagued by them.
Bunions affect almost one quarter of adults aged 18 to 65. That number rises for people over the age of 65. If you think you may need a forefoot reconstruction for bunion correction, here are a few things to consider:
Surgery is often the last resort
In other words, you may not need surgery at all. This is why it is important to see a qualified orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Only a professional can best determine what is right for you and your feet. He/she may suggest icing your foot, changing shoes, and possibly cortisone shots. If the bunion is large and becoming worse, surgery may be the only option.
As with any surgery, recovery takes time
With most bunion surgeries, you are treated in a same day surgery unit and will be sent home with a splint which you will wear for two weeks until your first post-op visit. At your first visit, you will be placed into a moveable boot for early motion, icing, and ease of hygiene. As with other surgeries, you will experience some pain and sensitivity.
Typically, physical therapy starts 6 weeks post-operatively so that a therapist can assist you with learning how to walk and strengthen your foot as well as the rest of your body. Low impact exercise starts at this point including stationary bicycling and swimming.
Bunions do not stay the same
They can, and do get worse. If you wait too long for surgery, the surgery could be more involved than you anticipated. If a surgeon does have to fuse bones together, however, it is good to know you have an experienced orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, like Dr. David S. Levine, on your side.
Not only are the advancements in treatment changing all the time, but research assesses the long-term outcomes. You want a surgeon who is an expert in this field and has experience with the latest techniques and procedures for what works for each type of patient.
Bunion surgery will return mobility, even if it cannot guarantee you a perfect foot. Our goal is to help all our patients live pain-free and be able to do the things they have always loved doing. Dr. David S. Levine has experience dealing with plenty of bunion cases, and we want to use our expertise to get you back on your feet again. If you live in or around Manhattan, contact our office today.