Problems that start with your feet can lead to chronic pain in your knees, hips, and back. Misalignments of the bones and other structures in the foot can alter how you walk and also how the lower extremities bear your weight as you move. The resulting pain and discomfort can become chronic if the problems with your feet are not addressed in a timely fashion.
The New Hampshire podiatrists at Nagy Footcare can uncover the source of your pain and treat it effectively using the HyProCure® procedure as well as other treatment methods that work to restore balance in your feet and ankles.
What Causes a Misalignment in the Foot?
A misalignment of the structure of the foot can be caused by wearing shoes that fit poorly. It can also be caused by an injury that wasn't treated or didn't heal properly.
Degenerative diseases like arthritis can affect the bones. The characteristic inflammation associated with various types of arthritis can force the bones, tendons, and ligaments out of their natural alignment, changing how your foot functions and altering your gait.
Injuries that result in the formation of scar tissue can force certain structures out of their natural alignment. This can cause constant inflammation that can eventually damage the bones and connective tissues, causing them to heal abnormally.
Can a Misalignment in the Foot Cause Pain in Other Joints?
A misalignment of the structures of the feet and ankles causes a ripple effect that travels up, through the leg, and into the hip and lower back. If the foot doesn't function properly, it can cause the other joints in the lower part of the body to overcompensate. This causes stress and pressure on the joints that normally wouldn't pose a problem. The longer the misalignment exists, the more damage it can cause to both the feet and the other joints.
How is Misalignment Treated?
Dr. Nagy offers several treatment options for structural misalignments that occur within the feet and ankles. Braces and splints may help to restore alignment when the problem is the result of an injury.
Conditions like severe hammertoes, bunions, and tendonitis may be corrected with minimally invasive surgical procedures or, in minor cases, exercises and physical therapy.
Orthotics can be used to correct problems with the arches and the other curves associated with the feet, providing much-needed support that takes pressure off of the other joints in the lower extremities.
What is the HyProCure® Treatment?
The HyProCure® procedure corrects an abnormality within the ankle that allows the foot to turn outward, while the ankle moves inward. The procedure is minimally invasive and requires one small incision.
During the procedure, a small stent is placed into the small space that naturally lies between the ankle and heel bones. No drills or screws are used to hold the stent in place. The stent provides support to both bones and helps to stabilize the ankle, preventing it from rolling inward and forcing the foot to turn outward.
Once the stent is permanently in place, the healing process begins. Because this is considered to be an outpatient procedure, you will be allowed to return home shortly after the surgery is over.
Misalignment of the foot and ankle doesn't have to cause problems with your knees, hips, and back. Correcting structural abnormalities and restoring balance takes pressure off the other joints and allows you to walk and run without pain or any general discomfort.
By correcting these foot problems while they are still in their earliest stages, you can reduce the risk of inflammation and the formation of scar tissue in other joints that support your body as you walk, run or move.
When you begin to experience chronic back, hip, knee or foot pain, consult a New Hampshire podiatrist at Nagy Footcare to assess the health of your feet and ankles. With proper treatment, he can get you back on your feet and living life to the fullest.
At Nagy Footcare, our best day is when you wake up with no foot pain.