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By The Foot & Ankle Center
December 28, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  
 

Disclaimer

In this video, a patient tells how a new bunion treatment allowed her to return to work just two weeks after surgery. This procedure is now available in Richmond, Virginia, at The Foot & Ankle Center. Video courtesy of TREACE Medical Concepts, Inc. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only.


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Laura's Story:

It’s important for me to maintain an active lifestyle for a couple of reasons. One, for my own health and sanity, and two, I work as a physical therapist assistant, so I’m always stressing to others about how important it is to stay physically active.

I’ve had bunions as long as I can remember growing up. It’s something that’s run through the family, I think. The bunions were getting to be more and more painful the older I got and the more active I became, to the point where I would need to stop and rest. They were achy, and a burning feeling, it was red to the eye. And then actually with my running shoes, I was starting to blow out the sides of them where the bunion was. And it just go to the point where it was so frustrating I needed to do something about it. 

The doctor talked to me about the Lapiplasty procedure, he kind of explained how it would work and that really made a lot of sense, but I was really excited about the fact that I could be back on my feet immediately and return to work shortly thereafter. 

I had the Lapiplasty procedure done on my right foot in Nov. of 2017. I had to wear the boot for six weeks after my procedure. The surgery went really well, it went as expected and then I was able to come home after just a couple hours in the outpatient setting. And I was able to walk immediately. They had me in a boot and said I could walk as long as I was wearing the boot. I returned to work two weeks after having my surgery. As long as I did not do any heavy lifting, any strenuous activity, then I was okay. 

My foot is feeling great today after having the surgery and going through all of the recovery. I have no pain. I’m able to be on my feet all day at work with no problem. The Lapiplasty procedure has improved my quality of life because I’m able to do all of the things that I enjoy doing, and I’m able to do it without pain. I’m able to come home from work and play with my kids, and run them around without having to sit and rest first. 

In my years of working as a physical therapist assistant, I’ve seen some patients that have had the traditional bunion surgeries. Maybe not right away but years later, I’ve seen how the bunions were starting to cause them more pain, the toe was starting to drift over more and they weren’t 100% satisfied with what they had done. 

I would recommend the Lapiplasty surgery to anybody that’s having bunion pain. I was able to get back to the activities I enjoy doing and doing them without pain. 


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Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding the benefits and risks associated with the Lapiplasty procedure.

By The Foot & Ankle Center
December 28, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  
 

Disclaimer

In this video, a patient tells how a new, patented bunion treatment helped her maintain her active lifestyle. This procedure is now available in Richmond, Virginia, at The Foot & Ankle Center. Video courtesy of TREACE Medical Concepts, Inc. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only.


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April's Story:

Life on a farm is very relaxing and very busy. It’s a lot of hard work, it’s a lot of physical work, but it’s very rewarding. A typical day starts before the sun comes up. I feed cows and horses, and then I usually go for a run. Right now, we’re in the middle of finishing up mowing hay, so all the things that go along with that — being on the tractors, and raking, and moving bales. I am on my feet from the moment I get up until I finally go to bed. There’s definitely a physical benefit to staying active. As long as you keep moving, you’re doing well. I really believe that. 

I’ve had bunions as long as I can remember. You first notice it because your foot is sideways. You can see it. Your shoes get indented, it can create a change in your gait, and it can affect your balance. The pain on my left foot created by the bunion started very slowly and then quickly. It made it impossible to run. It made it very difficult to continue to do daily activities. It was very frustrating because you get in a habit and a routine, you can’t break that routine. 

In Sept. or Oct. of 2017, I was training for a marathon, and my feet hurt so bad. I took a lot of ice baths, I got a lot of massages, nothing worked. When it got so painful that I had trouble walking, I knew that something had to be done. I decided I would need to seek medical treatment. 

The main thing that intrigues me about the Lapiplasty procedure was that it would actually be repairing the root of the problem. There are so many things that you don’t realize you use your feet for — until you can’t. I was very relieved that there finally was a solution. It wasn’t the end of the world after all. 

My Lapiplasty was performed on Dec. 21, 2017, and it was on my left foot. I was able to start feeding cattle within a couple of months, and then was able to wear a pair of high heels on Easter Sunday. I have no pain from the surgery, I have no pain where the bunion was. Today, I feel fabulous. I ran a half marathon three days ago and I’m back to training for another full. It’s all back to normal. 

Because of the benefits I received from the Lapiplasty procedure on my left foot, I’ve also decided to have the procedure done on my right foot in December. What I can share to anyone who hasn’t had a procedure yet — the best thing is to do it now. Do not wait. You can have it repaired, and your chances are so much better of being able to have a normal life afterwards. I believe that as far as a bunion goes, the Lapiplasty procedure is the only way to go.  


Free Lapiplasty Consultations through Feb. 28, 2020

The Foot & Ankle Center is the first clinic in Richmond to offer the Lapiplasty procedure. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists by Feb. 28, 2020, and your consultation will be free:

 

 

 


Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding the benefits and risks associated with the Lapiplasty procedure.

By The Foot & Ankle Center
December 22, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  
 

Disclaimer

In this video, a patient tells how a new bunion treatment enabled her to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle (without having to miss six weeks of work). This procedure is now available in Richmond, Virginia, at The Foot & Ankle Center. Video courtesy of TREACE Medical Concepts, Inc. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only.


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Nicole's Story:

I was in the floral industry about 20 years. 10 hours a day I was on my feet. A lot of walking, we were up and down ladders, it was very grueling. It was very enjoyable, but very grueling. 

I would say I’ve suffered from bunions a good 30 years. After I went to work full time, it didn’t take long — a couple years maybe — I started noticing foot problems. It’s hurt ever since, for years. I would wake up at night with pain and I found myself limiting myself to how much walking I was going to do. And it really frustrated me.

 I went to a local surgeon and they told me that I would have to be off my feet, not weight bearing, for six weeks. He was just going to shave the bunion. I decided not to move forward with that surgery because I simply could not afford to miss six weeks of work. I just gave up, and I decided I’ll just deal with the discomfort as best I can. 

I have a friend, an associate that has done a lot in the orthopedic field, and I told him about my discomfort and he told me about the Lapiplasty. He told me that the bunions weren’t a bone just to be shaved off. It’s actually a deformity and he explained a little bit about the surgery, and I was very excited about it. 

I had my Lapiplasty surgery Aug. 3, 2018, on my right foot. I had surgery on a Friday morning, and went back to see the doctor Monday morning. He removed the bandages and put me in a boot. I saw my foot, and I knew I’d made the right decision and it was going to change my life. 

Lapiplasty has improved my life drastically. Simply having a foot that I don’t feel embarrassed to wear sandals, I’m not deformed any longer, and I don’t hurt any more. And it’s just enabled me to get out more, to do more, travel more, enjoy my dogs, my life. I feel awesome today. Life is good. My foot is good and I’m looking forward to having my left foot, the same procedure, in a few weeks. 

I have a foot that no longer hurts, I have a foot that I can look at and I’m not embarrassed. I’m not ashamed. It has been a wonderful experience. 


Free Lapiplasty Consultations through Feb. 28, 2020

The Foot & Ankle Center is the first clinic in Richmond to offer the Lapiplasty procedure. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists by Feb. 28, 2020, and your consultation will be free:

 

 

 


Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding the benefits and risks associated with the Lapiplasty procedure.

By The Foot & Ankle Center
December 22, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  
 

Disclaimer

In this video, a patient tells how he was able to return to the activities he loved, without pain, thanks to a new, patented bunion treatment called Lapiplasty. This procedure is now available in Richmond, Virginia, at The Foot & Ankle Center. Video courtesy of TREACE Medical Concepts, Inc. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only.


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Tom's Story:

With the work that I do, and my hobbies, I would say that I’m on my feet 50 to 70 percent of the time. Sometimes, all day on my feet. I’m a forensic consultant. I basically use my engineering design and construction skill to help be an expert witness for problems after they occur. Outside of work, I love to be outdoors. My favorite things to do are fishing down on the beach, walking the beach, and I work out three times a week with a trainer. 

I’d say the first time I noticed problems with my feet was five to eight years ago, where I noticed that there was some pain. As it progressed, I found myself with acute pain when I walked, and I began to stop doing the activities, or at least cutting back on the level of activity that I was doing. Losing that ability to do things because of my foot began to make me feel lower self-esteem, I definitely felt depressed. I started to think maybe I’d end up being disabled. I wondered how the rest of my life would be. The tipping point when I decided I had to get this fixed, was when I was out in Arizona, I got out of my truck to go hiking, I got 150 feet away from the truck and I had to turn around and go back, and I said, I gotta do something. 

I started with a foot and ankle surgeon. He told me about where they shave off a piece of the bone, and he said that’s not what you need, and he talked about something that realigns the bone called a Lapidus procedure. And I started looking it up online. And I started realizing that people were saying a lot of times that it hadn’t worked out long-term like what they wanted. 

About that time, I started bumping in online to this idea of the Treace Lapiplasty System. I actually looked at videos of the conventional surgery, and then I looked at the Lapiplasty System being utilized by a surgeon, and it was clear as daylight. I’m a mechanical engineer. Just by looking into it, I thought that looks better. I went back to one of the original surgeons that invented the system. 

I had the Lapiplasty procedure on my left foot on May 25, 2018. Four days later I walked through the airport, in my boot, on my way back to Florida after the surgery and from that point on I was able to be mobile in that boot. The pain that I actually had was so much less than what I expected out of surgery — and I’ve had knee surgery, I’ve had wrist surgery, I’ve had other surgery. So I was really pleased. 

After I got out of the boot, I was able to start back with my trainer about two months after that. To be able to do the things that I love to do without pain was so incredibly satisfying. One of my favorite things is to walk that beach. It’s one of the ways I take care of myself mentally, emotionally, physically. Three months ago I was about to walk that beach for the first time in three years. And I knew right then, my life is going to get good again. 

I didn’t realize until I had the bunion — until all this — just how important having good feet is to your life. They’re the foundation we walk on. And I got to feel that in a real way. I am so grateful that somebody out there had moved medicine farther and that served me, as just a regular guy who wanted to have a regular life. Somebody had done the right thing and figured out something that was better, and I got the benefit. For that, I’m totally grateful. It’s turned out to be exactly what I’d hoped for. I am pain-free at 10 months and able to do everything. I can’t tell you how great that feels. 


Free Lapiplasty Consultations through Feb. 28, 2020

The Foot & Ankle Center is the first clinic in Richmond to offer the Lapiplasty procedure. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists by Feb. 28, 2020, and your consultation will be free:

 

 

 


Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding the benefits and risks associated with the Lapiplasty procedure.

By The Foot & Ankle Center
November 23, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  
 

Check out the video above of our podiatrists Dr. Robert Pica and Dr. Mitchell Waskin on CBS-6’s Virginia This Morning, talking with Bill Bevins about the importance of diabetic foot health.
 

Bill Bevins: Did you know that 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and adults over age 65 are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than any other age group? Foot problems in diabetes can lead to infections, ulcers, and potential amputations. November is American Diabetes Month, and we wanted to bring in podiatrists to talk about the topic. Dr. Mitchell Waskin and Dr. Robert Pica are here this morning. Thank you gentlemen, for coming in this morning.

I remember years ago when dentists used to start checking your mouth for all kinds of stuff, and I’m going, “What are you guys looking at in there?” And they said stuff that happens in the mouth can lead to other things. This — diabetes — can lead to really big problems, can’t it?

Dr. Waskin: Yeah, it can. In fact we try to do an annual diabetic foot exam for all of our diabetic patients, and we look for little things like the condition of the skin, do they have hair on their toes (losing hair on the toes can be an early indication of losing circulation), and we educate them about looking for wounds early, because little problems in diabetics can turn into big problems fast.

Bill Bevins: You deal with wounds a lot, don’t you?

Dr. Pica: Every day.

Bill Bevins: And you brought a couple of samples here that are just as gross as they can be. So, this (holding up foot model #1) would be an early wound on a foot, somebody comes in and says my foot hurts, and you see this?

Dr. Pica: Well, part of the problem is, people don’t see this happening and they can’t feel it. This starts as a callus — about 70% of diabetic foot ulcers start as a callus — so it starts as a callus and then it shears away and reveals the skin beneath.

Bill Bevins: So how long between this, and oh my gosh, this thing here (holding up foot model #2)? This is just amazing to me that that can happen to your toes.

Dr. Pica: So this is on a spectrum; this (referring to foot model #1) would be on one end, and this (referring to foot model #2) is once there’s a severe infection or a lack of circulation and the tissue starts to die, and this is a medical emergency. This patient is going to the hospital, maybe surgery, advanced imaging, a lot of specialists are going to get involved, including vascular surgeons, hospitalists, infectious disease — this is truly a collaborative effort to save that diabetic’s feet — because there are so many things going on that contribute to a situation like this.

Bill Bevins: For that one end of your body to be in that bad a shape, there’s definitely other stuff going on in other places.

Dr. Waskin: There really is. The number one complication of diabetes is foot problems. We hear more about kidneys, eyes, things like that, but it’s feet that put more diabetics in the hospital than anything. Diabetes does affect the circulation, especially below the knee. So these are very common, and a lot of times, until this occurs, people don’t know they have a problem — which is why it’s very important to do preventive care.

Bill Bevins: So how long would a person have to let this go to get to this point, does it depend on how serious the diabetes is?

Dr. Pica: Correct. So, diabetes does a few things. It affects the circulation, and also affects your body’s immune system. It makes those cells sluggish that fight off infection. How well a patient’s diabetes is controlled and how good their circulation is — that determines how quickly it gets worse. It could be a matter of days, weeks or months. I’ve had patients who stepped on something at home, and six months later they’re admitted to the hospital with sepsis because the infection got into their blood.

Bill Bevins: So how can we prevent this from happening, and you say people don’t know they have diabetes — how do we start down this road?

Dr. Waskin: Well, first we start with your primary care physician — get your annual checkups and make sure that you find out if you have diabetes or any other problems, that’s what a good annual checkup is for. And, especially if there’s a family history, and if you are diabetic, then before you have problems, that’s when you want to come see a podiatrist — because, again, the feet are the number one problem area with diabetics. Look at your feet every day — that’s extremely important. If you see minor problems, a little red area that could be an infection, or a small sore — don’t say, “Let me take just care of it myself and throw a little ointment on it and see what happens, and then if it doesn’t heal, I’ll see the doctor” — because things can progress so quickly, you want to come in early.

Bill Bevins: Wow. Great stuff. Thank you both very much.

Our podiatrists at The Foot & Ankle Center are experts in diabetic foot care. If you or a loved one have diabetes, please contact us to schedule you annual comprehensive diabetic foot exam. Just use the button below to request an appointment.

 

 

 





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