The Foot Blog

By The Foot & Ankle Center
February 09, 2020
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  

center of excellence for 3D bunion correctionThe Foot & Ankle Center has been named Richmond’s first Center of Excellence for the new Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction procedure. The certification was awarded by Florida-based Treace Medical Concepts, Inc., a foot and ankle company focused on improving surgical efficiencies and patient outcomes, while reducing healthcare costs.

“We’re very pleased to be the first in Richmond, and one of only five clinics in Virginia who have achieved the Center of Excellence designation,” said Dr. Robert Pica of The Foot & Ankle Center. “It speaks to our clinic’s level of expertise with this revolutionary new procedure, which is a real game changer for people looking to correct their bunions.”

The new procedure addresses the bunion in three dimensions to correct the root of the problem, versus simply removing the “bump.” Patients are usually back on their feet in half the time following a Lapiplasty procedure, compared to traditional bunion surgery.

 


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
February 08, 2020
Category: Shoes
Tags: Shoes  
 


Thanks to all who contributed shoes during our shoe drive for Soles4Souls. Dr. Waskin and Stephanie Hathaway of Soles4Souls were on CBS-6’s Virginia This Morning to talk about how shoes are helping to wear out poverty around the world.


Bill Bevins: At Soles4Souls, they believe everyone around the world deserves a good pair of shoes. This is a global initiative that has local events planned right here in Richmond. 

Andrea: The Foot & Ankle Center has teamed up with Soles4Souls and is helping them with their campaign. Joining us today is Dr. Mitchell Waskin of The Foot & Ankle Center, along with Stephanie Hathaway, the regional donations center manager at Soles4Souls. Good morning!

Dr. Waskin and Stephanie: Good Morning!

Andrea: So during the holidays, we all focus on giving and giving back. But the giving isn’t done, so tell us about the importance of this program, and how we can get involved.

Stephanie: Soles4Souls is a global, nonprofit social enterprise. We are trying to alleviate poverty and we do that through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. We will create job opportunities with those shoes, and we’ll also provide relief. So we really rely on nonprofit partnerships in the U.S. and abroad to get the shoes to those people, and also on partners that will help us collect those shoes to get to them.

Bill: Dr. Waskin, we had a chance to talk before we came on, and in America, shoes are sort of a fashion thing, or maybe something we use for our favorite sport. But shoes are a basic — even a health issue in poor countries all over the world, and a lot of people all over the world still don’t have shoes.

Dr. Waskin: Yes, in fact, we talked about a book you read that talked about people who were getting hookworm because they didn’t have shoes, and because of that they couldn’t work and they had lots of health issues. We do take it for granted that we have shoes — we have an excess of shoes in this country, but a lot of people don’t. What I really love about the Soles4Souls organization is their entrepreneurial aspect: not only do they provide shoes at no cost to people who are in need of them, they also help people start businesses where they provide shoes and clothing to individuals in need. It’s kind of like the old quote where if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach him how to fish he’ll eat for a lifetime. That’s what I really liked about it, and at The Foot & Ankle Center, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back, and we saw this organization and thought it was a good opportunity.

Andrea: This is a great opportunity also to almost be part of a sustainability initiative, where you’re keeping shoes out of landfills, for example. Can you tell us a little about how you get the shoes over to those in need?

Stephanie: Sure. We’ve collected over 35 million pairs of shoes and distributed them since 2006, in 127 countries. We rely on nonprofit NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) on the ground in those countries to get the shoes to them.

Bill: When we’re talking about that many shoes getting to that many people, when the shoes go out, do you get feedback from people helping you distribute these almost immediately of the difference that’s being made?

Stephanie: Yes, we have a travel team as well, where anybody can go on a trip abroad with us, and they can distribute new shoes to people in need in these remote villages where they don’t have access to stores or to marketplaces to buy them. So, every week, we’re in another country distributing these shoes and getting those stories from people. And with the Micro Enterprise program, we can work with our NGO partners to get the stories from the people who are actually selling the shoes. One of our entrepreneurs joined us around 2014, and she had a small house — pretty much a cinderblock room — and since she started selling shoes with us, she now has a plot of land where she built a home and all of her kids are able to go to school. So, it’s really disrupting that cycle of poverty for the families that are receiving these shoes.

Bill: Great stuff. Doctor, I actually saw an episode of M.A.S.H. once when they were talking about how complicated the foot is. And they said a machine is a Tinker Toy compared to everything that has to happen in the foot. So, obviously, shoes are vital. I was looking at some of the things you were describing about shoes that I had no idea. What is a “vamp” in a shoe — because I thought that was Cher singing on the show. 

Dr. Waskin: It’s a part of the side of the shoe. There are actually lots of parts of the shoe. But really what’s important in a quality shoe is, you want to look for something that is sturdy. People come into the office and ask what is a good running shoe? And they’ll bring in these shoes that look nice, and they may have pretty colors, but you press on them and they just collapse, there’s no stability. So I always tell them, when you push from the front and the back, the toe should bend a little bit and then stop. You should be able to twist it just a little bit from the back and have that stability. We’re interested here more in function than in fashion in distributing shoes. 

Bill: Thank you both very much, and thank you for all you’re doing all over the world. That is fantastic.

 

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. 

 


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. 

 


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. 

 


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.





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