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Is the webbed finger or toe repair a risky thing to do?

Is the webbed finger or toe repair a risky thing to do?

Talk to your Surgeon: Any surgery carries risks and this should be discussed in detail with your treating surgeon in order to be fully informed of all risks and expected benefits. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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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?

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?

It depends: Mainly how well the bones segments are aligned. If it is good, no surgery is a good option and immobilization is all what is needed. ...Read more

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With a probable broken big toe is there a reason to go to the er?

With a probable broken big toe is there a reason to go to the er?

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 more

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What kind of complications might happen from a webbed finger or toe repair?

What kind of complications might happen from a webbed finger or toe repair?

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 more

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Is there anyway to fix a bunion and hammer toes without surgery?

Is there anyway to fix a bunion and hammer toes without surgery?

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 more

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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?

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?

X-ray needed: it would be difficult the question without an x-ray. However via the description it most likely would involve surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Pinky finger/knuckle injury. What kind of splinting is good to prevent it becoming crooked?

Pinky finger/knuckle injury. What kind of splinting is good to prevent it becoming crooked?

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

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Is there a way to tell if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

Is there a way to tell if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

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

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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?

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 more

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What is a good way to tape a ring finger to prevent dislocation?

What is a good way to tape a ring finger to prevent dislocation?

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 more

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What's the best way to know if my hand is broken or has another injury?

What's the best way to know if my hand is broken or has another injury?

To differentiate: Between a fracture of the hand vs another injury, you need an x-ray, physical examination and medical history. ...Read more

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Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

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 more

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Without an xray is there a way to know if my finger sprained or broken?

Without an xray is there a way to know if  my finger sprained or broken?

Finger: Swelling with discomfort & limited motion of finger, could be either, hence x-ray is recommended to rule-out fracture. ...Read more

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What is the best way to tape a ring finger dislocation?

What is the best way to tape a ring finger  dislocation?

Buddy tape: I would buddy tape middle finger to ring finger a few daya after the finger is reduced back in place to allow early motion and at the same time stabilize finger amd prevent another dislocation ...Read more

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