Answers to Questions About Getting Foot and Ankle Care
Want fast answers to your top questions about foot and ankle problems? Farmingdale podiatrist Dr. Gasparini gives you the answers you need to get back on your feet again.
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Do overlapping toes need surgery?
Overlapping toes, also known as crossover toes, do not always require surgery to be managed effectively—in fact, as with many other foot and ankle conditions, we consider surgery only as a last resort, when conservative options have been insufficient.
The bad news is that, because the condition is progressive, once toes have started to drift out of alignment, they usually don’t go back to “normal” without surgical intervention. However, if you seek treatment at the first sign of trouble, when symptoms are relatively mild and the joints are still flexible, mild measures may be more than sufficient to stop progression, maintain your mobility, and relieve pain. Such treatments may include modified footwear, toe stretches and exercise, tools such as orthotics or toes spaces, or other techniques.
If you notice drifting toes, don’t wait for the pain to become unbearable. Contact Dr. Mark Gasparini in Massapequa, NY today. You can fill out our online contact form or give our office a call at 516-804-9038 for an appointment.
How long should I have physical therapy after surgery?
It is difficult to provide an assessment with regard to how long you may need physical therapy after surgery without an actual evaluation of your issues and situation, but there are some guidelines that might help. For example, six to eight weeks of physical therapy following a bunion surgery may be recommended. With other procedures, we may recommend four to six weeks of physical conditioning. Still others may take even longer than eight weeks.
What we can say definitively is that we will always take the time to explain the surgical procedure to you first, including what you can expect from recovery. During this discussion, we can estimate more accurately your specific need for therapy.
Our patients know that the preferred course of treatment is conservative, but some cases benefit from surgical intervention. Fortunately, our podiatrist—Mark Gasparini, D.P.M.—has the experience and skill you want from a foot surgeon. Once the procedure is completed, we will provide instructions as part of your postsurgical care, and this might include physical therapy. Simply follow doctor instructions for optimal healing.
To discuss possible surgery, call our Long Island, NY podiatrist office at (516) 804-9038 or schedule your appointment with us online today.
Is Surgery Needed for Ankle Injuries?
Not all ankle problems require surgery. In fact, most injuries respond to conservative methods quite successfully. In nearly all cases, noninvasive treatments are tried first. The RICE method—rest, ice, compress, and elevate—and physical therapy are some of the most effective remedies for eliminating swelling and inflammation, and helping the damage heal. Sometimes your foot may need to be immobilized for a while so you can recover without re-aggravating the injury. Only on rare occasions will an ankle injury not respond to conservative treatments or be serious enough that you need surgery to repair it.
If you have an ankle issue, don’t ignore it and hope it heals on its own. If you do, you’re far more likely to develop complications that may need a procedure later. Instead, let Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. of Foot Specialist of Long Island help manage your ankle problems today without an invasive procedure. Call our office in Massapequa, New York (516) 804-9038 or use the web request form to reach us for more information or an appointment.
What is the Difference Between Claw Toe and Hammertoes?
Claw toe and hammertoe have a number of similarities, but they are different conditions. Claw toe is a deformity that involves one or more of the small toes, though typically all four are affected. The middle and end joints in the toes are bent and curled under in this condition. The problem can be the result of a muscle imbalance or a nerve problem.
Hammertoe, on the other hand, only causes the middle joint of the affected digit to bend. Any of the small toes can be affected, but usually it’s only the second digit. Often this deformity happens in conjunction with bunions. It’s caused by a muscle and tendon imbalance. Because these two conditions are similar, they can be difficult to tell apart. Let Mark Gasparini, D.P.M., and our expert staff, help accurately diagnose your specific problem. Then we can help you begin the best treatment for your feet. Don’t wait for the toes to become permanently bent before seeking help. Call (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment at our Massapequa, NY, office.