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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Laser technology may seem like a mysterious and complicated science, but it’s really not. Think about a Laser as you would a sunbeam – did anyone ever show you the “magnifying glass experiment” when you were younger? Lasers work in much the same way during surgery to treat your foot problem. Although Laser is an exciting technology, there are some limits. Research is under way, but bone problems like bunions and hammer toes cannot currently be treated with laser.
I have personally been performing Laser foot and ankle surgery since 1984. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Laser surgery.
What is Laser?
|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.|
What does a surgical Laser do?
A surgical Laser beam can cut or vaporize tissue almost instantaneously. It is so precise that the surrounding tissue is hardly affected. 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.
Is Laser surgery a new technique?
Not at all. Lasers have been used for everything form 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.
Does it hurt?
Many patients have reported that Laser surgery is far less painful than conventional techniques. Depending on the nature of your problem, your doctor will probably numb the area with a local anesthetic before using the Laser.
Is Laser like an x-ray?
No. There is no ionizing radiation present in the Laser beam.
Some Common foot problems treatable with a LASER are: