Medical jargon is often hard to follow but when it comes to surgery and the painful stiff toe it is a good idea to have some background knowledge. What better way than for that information to come from patient’s own reflections.
When a colleague (HFP) sought this question, she was generous and mentioned her surgeon was busy and thought it an oversight. I am both an ex-patient and a foot surgeon, and I’m afraid I have to disagree. We often confuse nice with good, and all clinicians have a blip – but then don’t we all? So we have a patient leaving the hospital after bunion surgery. No post-operative information is apparent, so what does she do? Call a friend! This, in fact, is Facebook and jolly good it is as there is a heap of friendly advice.
It may seem simple to accept a risk from surgery is low in percentage terms but in this article I explore a new phenomena to may patients and that is actual impact should a perceived low risk actually arise. A number of different complications and problems are discussed and the impact this has should it arise is highlighted with examples and supplementary papers.
Our task as clinicians is to prevent worsening of the painful bunion – hallux valgus or stiff toe known as hallux limitus. Long term failure to act means the joint fails to work.
In this brief introduction we distinguish between hallux valgus and the term bunion.
The breadth of options following qualification is not only considerable but podiatry is a profession with a job at the end of study. There is something for everyone, mature and young, and it is one profession that does not have a gender issue.
Cancer is something which affects any part of the body but being caught out may not always be the doctor’s fault. In this article I am using the abbreviation ‘S.M.ART’ which will be explained at the end. But how could we call be fooled by the story of my father’s sudden death from bowel cancer. Who was to blame?
Nothing can be more exciting than see someone in pain make a recovery. Rachel wanted to undertake the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award that had been going as long as I had been living. The conditions for the awards are activity based and she was aiming for the Silver element. At 17 years of age this lovely student was not doing so well with her foot, and in particular her arch.
Flat foot is not necessarily abnormal and yet unwary people are exposed to sales techniques based on the supposition that the arch should be a specific shape. I have a look more closely at the myths surrounding the flat foot and discuss pronation.
There are 2 riders to bare feet activity permission based on existing problems assessing the ground for safety. As usual the author likes to delve into the internet and see what makes sound advice and what is fake news! This article is more than barefeet though. It looks again at information from the internet and asks HOW VALUABLE or ACCURATE is it?