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Is The Webbed Finger Or Toe Repair A Risky Thing To Do
My fracture is in the middle of my forearm and both radius and ulna are severed. My surgeon does not want to do surgery. Is this a risky decision?
I'm facing a wrist replacement unless there is a way to inject a cusion to replace the cartilage. There's something for the knee, how about the wrist?
Maybe: The big toe is important to the normal heel-toe gait cycle. If not treated properly, it can cause problems such as arthritis down the road. An urgent care center should have x-ray facilities to diagnose a fracture, and is much cheaper (and often, a shorter wait) than the er. Some podiatrists in your area may have same day appointments for emergencies like a hallux (big toe) fracture! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flap loss: Perhaps the biggest risk to repairing (or desyndactyly) webbed toes is the risk for flap complications. This could be minor such as separation of the margins to full thickness loss of the flap. In rarer cases, loss of the digit(s) could occur in the face of significant infection of the site. The procedure is straightforward, but consider all surgeries carefully, weighing all risks and benefits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: In 30 years of practice, I have never seen a bunion corrected by orthotics, splinting or other external devices. Certainly, improving the biomechanics of the foot can help prevent bunions by slowing or arresting their development, but once the deformity is present, surgery is the only method of "curing" it. That being said, many small deformities may respond to shoe modification or simple padding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My finger is crooked from a fracture a few years ago. Is there any way to fix it that doesn't involve a bone cut?
Evaluation: Deformity of a finger following injury should be further evaluated by a physician and in most cases it would be important to at least obtain an xray. ...Read more
An exam followed by : An appropriately selected xray is a good start. The wrist is complex and "sprains" arent necessarily treated all the same as the injury can be mild or complex/ even with a negative x-ray. A fracture can differ in its appearance just by varying the view of the x-ray so while a standard traum series of xrays helps rule out an obvious fracture there are many injuries that need special views/studies. ...Read more
My finger is either broken or sprained (swollen but not discolored). X-ray would cost me money. What's the point in knowing if it is or isn't broken?
Important!: Yes, it does matter whether there is a fracture or not. Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you have a smart phone? What luxuries do you spend your money on? Don't skimp on your single most important asset, your health! Wish you well and help with your prioritization. Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taping technique: Taping to prevent injury involves taping the affected finger to the next largest finger, if possible. The tape should be applied to the shaft of the bone, not over the knuckles (using 1/2 inch wide medical tape). Be careful to not tape the fingers together too tightly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to get a ring off, when your fingers are swollen? Is it standerd to remove a ring when putting a splint on?
Cold: Usually cold water does the job. If not check with your doc. ...Read more
What type of doctor treats paronychia of the fingernails? Would that same doctor be able to treat a loosened large toe nail? The toe nail was injured on a lava rock and is barely attached. Will it grow back if removed or falls off? Would like to see the s
It Depends: Any surgery has associated risks. Knee arthroplasty is a big procedure. It is very helpful when indicated, however. Risks vary depending upon your overall health, medical conditions, level of fitness. Medical issues such as diabetes and heart disease increase the risk of any surgery. It is best to talk these risks over with your primary care physician as well as your orthopedist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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