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How does podiatry foot surgery differ from orthopedic doctor foot surgery?

How does podiatry foot surgery differ from orthopedic doctor foot surgery?

No difference: With training occuring side by side, podiatrists and foot and ankle ortho learn the same techniques. It is usually a personal preference on whom you want to see. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Podiatry (Definition)

Podiatry (or podiatric medicine) is the field devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and medical treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (dpm), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by his/her doctorate level education and residency training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ...Read more


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Had foot surgery done and one of my incisions did not close all the way. Doc did I&D and same outcome experience. Could my hypothyroidism be a culprit?

Had foot surgery done and one of my incisions did not close all the way. Doc did I&D and same outcome experience. Could my hypothyroidism be a culprit?

Not thyroid: I wouldn't chalk it up to the thyroid disorder. Some wounds get infected and it just takes a long time to get them healed up. Be patient and follow all the wound care instructions. Good luck ...Read more

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Had foot surgery 8 months ago. What type of infection can the mitek bone anchor cause? Saw two diff podiatrist (no help). Is mild crps the pain factor

Had foot surgery 8 months ago. What type of infection can the mitek bone anchor cause? Saw two diff podiatrist (no help). Is mild crps the pain factor

Infection?: Any surgery can result in an infection. However, infection 8 months later is rare. Blood work and special bone scans would be needed to make sure if you have an infection or not. Complex regional pain syndrome is very serious and would need professional treatments including physical therapy and medications. Post-op Kidner procedures could benefit from custom orthotics and MLS Laser treatments. ...Read more

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I had foot surgery 8mths ago. Foot constantly hurts esp in the area I have anchori have seen 3 podiatrist. No one has answers. What should I do next?

I had foot surgery 8mths ago. Foot constantly hurts esp in the area I have anchori have seen 3 podiatrist. No one has answers. What should I do next?

Remove the anchor: If the anchor is causing pain due to it backing out or moving, it can be removed. I recommend you return to the surgeon who put the anchor in and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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Why is my doctor giving me a spinal block/epidural when i'm about to have foot surgery?

Why is my doctor giving me a spinal block/epidural when i'm about to have foot surgery?

Regional anesthesia: There are different techniques that may be used to anesthetize you for podiatry surgery. The technique chosen will depend on co-morbidities, location of surgery, post operative analgesia and patient request. A spinal or epidural may be used if you will be hospitalized. You may opt for a popliteal block or mayo field block if you are having ambulatory surgery. ...Read more

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Why is my doctor giving me a spinal block/epidural when i'm having foot surgery? Is that normal?

Why is my doctor giving me a spinal block/epidural when i'm having foot surgery? Is that normal?

Spinal for foot: Epidural regional block and spinal anesthesia can be performed for foot surgery. The technique is different. It is either one of another. Usually the combined technique is used for c-section in which spinal is used for the anesthesia during the surgery, and the epidural is used for the pain control after the surgery. ...Read more

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I had foot surgery a year ago. I still have ankle pain when I walk or run- should I see pain doctor. Are there any treatment options like an injection?

I had foot surgery a year ago. I still have ankle pain when I walk or run- should I see pain doctor. Are there any treatment options like an injection?

See your surgeon: I recommend you see the surgeon who operated on your foot to discuss this concern. There may be other things that can be done including a steroid injection. It really depends on what is causing the pain. ...Read more

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I had foot surgery on my left foot to fix my flat foot and the doctor said that they fused my bone and put a screw. When can i walk? Physical therapy?

This discussion : Should ONLY take place with your surgeon. From your description it is unclear if you had a subtalar stent placed in or if you had a flatfoot reconstruction. If a subtalar stent was put in then the "screw" isn't really a screw its an implant and it did not get placed into any bone, rather was placed ina a canal between the ones. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a dislocated extensor tendon(snapping tendon) foot.Doc recommended surgery. Will it get worse if untreated? Ortho or Podiatrist please

Diagnosed with a dislocated extensor tendon(snapping tendon) foot.Doc recommended surgery. Will it get worse if untreated? Ortho or Podiatrist please

LIKE TO KNOW MORE: Is it the tendon to the big toe, or one of the lesser toes? Where on the foot does it dislocate? Injury? If a podiatrist, go to abfas.org, to find a board certified podiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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Big toe broken.One doc (podiatrist) says it's not displaced, the other (sports med surgeon) it is slightly. They agree in no surgery by now. Agree?

Big toe broken.One doc (podiatrist) says it's not displaced, the other (sports med surgeon) it is slightly. They agree in no surgery by now. Agree?

A lot depends...: On where the break is at. If it is not into a joint, there should be little worry about displacement or not, based in the information you gave from two other doctors. No surgery now! ...Read more

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How is a podiatrist and a orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot & ankle surgery different?

How is a podiatrist and a orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot & ankle surgery different?

On average...: A podiatrist has been specializing in feet and ankles all their time in training (mandatory 3 years of residency as well), while the orthopedic surgeon becomes a specialist in the foot and ankle after completing the fellowship after their general orthopedic residency. Podiatrists deal with all aspects of the foot and ankle disease and prevention: from skin problems to reconstructive surgery... ...Read more

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Went to orthopaedic doctor for ankle pain that often 9/10from injury 5 yrs ago. He said its soft tissue damage and take Motrin for it-no help.surgery?

Went to orthopaedic doctor for ankle pain that often 9/10from injury 5 yrs ago. He said its soft tissue damage and take Motrin for it-no help.surgery?

Need more: If your pain is in the 9-10 at times, 5 years after an ankle injury, you likely need a more specific diagnosis than "soft tissue damage". If you have nay had further studies such as an MRI and/or a ct scan these studies can often give much more information about the cause of your problem than a simple X-ray. Don't hesitate to seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can I get surgery for soft tissue damage on ankle-injury from 5yrs ago.pain can be 9/10,been to orthopaedic doctor and no relief.Thanks for your time?

Can I get surgery for soft tissue damage on ankle-injury  from 5yrs ago.pain can be 9/10,been to orthopaedic doctor and no relief.Thanks for your time?

Look for experience.: You certainly can. The ankle needs to be properly evaluated and part of the evaluation is to determine the exact nature and cause of the trauma, the so called mechanism of injury. There will undoubtedly be some extensive imagery taken to assess the degree of damage of the involved tissue. You need the expertise of an experienced ankle surgeon and that is the most important component of the fix. ...Read more

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I've been seeing a podiatrist for a calcaneal spur and have been getting dextrose shots. Have tried a boot , soft cast, ankle brace, and stretching and pain has only gotten worse. Do you recommend surgery as my doctor does?

I've been seeing a podiatrist for a calcaneal spur and have been getting dextrose shots. Have tried a boot , soft cast, ankle brace, and stretching and pain has only gotten worse.  Do you recommend surgery as my doctor does?

Do you mean: Dexamethasone injections? That would be a form of cortisone. Some form of orthotic support is essential, with or without surgery. In addition, there have been reports of good success with shockwave therapy, acupuncture and prp injections. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have fluid accumulate in your foot after a foot surgery?

Is it normal to have fluid accumulate in your foot after a foot surgery?

Swelling: Is common after most surguries. It is part of the normal healing process. Ideally, one would want it to be kept to a minimum. Follow, your docs post op protocol, and direct any questions specific to your surgery to them. ...Read more

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Is it normal for toes to turn blue after foot surgery?

Is it normal for toes to turn blue after foot surgery?

IT CAN BE: Yes, your toes can bruise after surgery. Just make sure they are warm to touch, and when you push on the end of the toe, the color returns immediately. Pain out of proportion is not normal. Make sure your surgeon is aware of what's going on. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about reconstructive flat foot surgery?

Can you tell me about reconstructive flat foot surgery?

Depends on how Bad: Flat foot surgery may or may not be a huge commitment. Your age group and as long as you have a flexible flat foot deformity and it's not extremely bad, may respond to st arthroeriesis. In my hands, this can be a very powerful procedure. Requires two weeks on crutches. Go to hyprocure.Com. However, it severe or a more rigid deformity, this will require "cutting of bone" realignment. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Foot Surgery (Definition)

Foot surgery is any surgical procedure or treatment involving cutting involving the foot. Foot surgery is often categorized by skin and soft tissue procedures, forefoot surgery, or rearfoot surgery. However, some insurance companies (ie: medicare) categorize cutting of toenails as "surgery" on ...Read more