Solutions With Foot and Ankle Surgery
A Lot of Weight on Your Feet
When you think about it, the foot and ankle structure that supports your entire body weight and helps you to balance as you walk is really miraculous. Not only do the intricate arrangement of bones and ligaments and muscles all flex and shift to keep you stable, but they also support the weight of your body while you stand, run, or walk. And of course, a delicate network of nerves runs through the whole structure, providing sensations. When something goes wrong with the feet, though, you can be incapacitated, if you are unable to walk due to foot or ankle pain or trauma. Fortunately the doctors at miVIP surgical solutions are experienced in foot and ankle surgery and other minimally invasive podiatry procedures that can get you back on your feet when your feet let you down.
With all the challenging demands that you put on your feet and the weight that they support, they can have some serious complications, just like any complex structure. One of the most underappreciated parts of the foot is the nerve system that runs throughout it, like every other part of the human body. Feet generally don’t get as much contact as other areas of the body, such as hands or face, so their nerve structure is more taken for granted in general. But sometimes the nerves of the foot can become damaged or over-stressed, and in some cases can lead to unremitting pain, with nerve conditions such as:
- plantar fasciitis
- pinched nerve
- neuropathy, or nerve sensitivity
Some techniques in foot and ankle surgery that the specialists at miVIP find to be successful in helping many people find relief from nerve-related foot pain are non-robotic, minimally invasive podiatry procedures called radiofrequency ablation.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
The term ‘radiofrequency ablation’ refers to procedures that use radio wave frequency, similar to other techniques in medicine that use different spectrums of waves, from x-rays to ultrasound waves for diagnosis or treatment purposes. The surgeon inserts a small needle into the targeted nerve area and uses the tool to send radiofrequency waves that cause intense localized heat. Targeting the radiofrequency waves to the nerves that are causing excess pain, the surgeons create heat that will desensitize those nerves by cauterizing, or burning, them. The instrument targets the heat of the radio wave onto those nerves only, so that you feel no pain or heat during the minimally invasive podiatric procedures required.
Minimally Invasive Podiatry Procedures
Generally, recovery is quick and trouble-free from a radiofrequency ablation procedure. The main risks are infection or bleeding around the incision area, but with careful monitoring and care of the surgery site, this risk is minimal. Some people notice some pain and swelling in the days following these minimally invasive podiatry procedures, but unlike some more intensive foot and ankle surgery procedures, usually you are able to be back on your feet almost immediately.
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As many as 90% of patients report substantial decrease in nerve pain lasting from six months to many years following the surgery. When pain is becoming too much to bear, and you are looking for treatments and options that may give you relief, consult the specialists at miVIP surgery centers. Trained and experienced in all foot and ankle surgery procedures, they can assess your situation and determine what is right for your condition to get you back to health.