The truth and nothing but the
"This old adage is true:
'When your feet hurt,
you hurt all over.'
People often arrive at my office
in terrible pain, expecting that
drastic measures will be required
to alleviate the pain which
causes even a walk across the room
to be tormenting. Patients usually
leave my office smiling and relieved.
Surgery is sometimes necessary but
more often than not
there are alternatives for diminishing
even the most serious problems."
I have practiced Podiatric Medicine
for over 30 years.
Following are some facts about feet
which the years have taught me."
Foot deformities get worse in time
one does something to correct the problem
which causes the deformities,
the earlier the better...
Surgery usually is not the solution:
For example, an operation is rarely
necessary for even the worst heel spurs -
94% of my cases are
treated in office without surgery!
The majority of my
neuroma and neuritis
cases respond to non-surgical care.
Circulation problems can be treated
in my office with a wide variety
of non-surgical methods,
obtaining remarkable success rates.
such as flat feet (pronation) can
cause malalignment and bunions
in time. Non-surgical preventative
measures can halt or slow
the rate of progression.
"In cases where surgery is
many patients fear post-operative pain.
Time after time patients come in
post-operatively and excitedly report
they either didn't need any medication
at all or needed it only for a day or so.
In my discussions with these patients,
I have learned that most fears of pain
came from a 'friend who
heard it from another friend.'"
"My policy is to be truthful
about pain and the truth is that
the pain prior to surgery is usually a lot
worse than the pain during or directly after."