A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe.
In more severe cases when the big toe joint is unable to move at all, the condition is called hallux rigidus (rigid big toe joint).
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette)is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the outside of the foot near the little toe.
A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel.
Hammer Toes occur when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance.
A soft corn forms between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking.
The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.”
An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin which is referred to by doctors as the ungualabia or “nail lip.”
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when one of the nerves on the bottom of the foot becomes “pinched” between two adjacent metatarsal bones or the base of the bones of two adjacent toes.
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. “Extracorporeal” means “outside the body.”
Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
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Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery is a relatively new way to correct foot problems in which the skin incision (usually less than 1/8 inch in length) is only large enough to introduce special instruments into the offending area.
The most common problems are: Bunions, Hammer Toe, Callouses, Tailor’s Bunions, Heel Pain, Soft Corn. Other foot problems, such as ingrown and infected toenails, can be corrected without making any skin incision at all.
A Laser is a device that generates an intense beam of light—light that’s man-made and not known to occur in nature. The word Laser is an acronym which stands for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
A surgical Laser beam can cut or vaporize tissue almost instantaneously. It is so precise that the surrounding tissue is hardly affected. And the beam sterilizes and seals blood vessels as it cuts so there’s generally less bleeding, less post-operative pain and less chance of post-operative infection than with conventional surgical instruments.
Not at all. Lasers have been used for everything from removal of tonsils to treatment of infertility. More recently, Lasers have been used to remove tattoos and facial skin wrinkles and even to treat disc problems in the spine. Laser use in podiatry is now quite common, although not every podiatrist owns a Laser.
Many patients have reported that Laser surgery is far less painful than conventional techniques. Depending on the nature of your problem, Dr. Cowin will probably numb the area with a local anesthetic before using the Laser.
No. There is no ionizing radiation present in the Laser beam.