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Why We Don’t Rush to the Knife

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When you plant your foot and experience pain after making a lateral move while playing tennis, soccer, basketball, or any other sport, it can be cause for concern. Sports injuries can be a real bummer, especially if you think a surgical procedure will be needed to address the issue. The good news is that nonsurgical foot injury treatment is often quite successful, which is one of the reasons we don’t “rush to the knife” here at Family Foot and Ankle Center!

Our medical team is certainly more than capable of performing successful surgical procedures—we are fortunate to have surgeons who are highly-trained and experienced on our staff—but we prefer to reserve invasive procedures only for conditions that are not effectively addressed in other ways.

Bunions, arthritis, and hammertoes will not improve on their own and may eventually require surgery, but there are many cases where even these issues benefit from conservative care. Although nonsurgical treatment cannot correct a bunion or toe deformity, we may be able to provide relief from symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening without resorting to surgery.

When addressing symptoms, some of the components of a treatment plan may include medication, physical therapy, and custom orthotics. Medication shouldn’t always be viewed as a long-term solution, but it can provide temporary pain relief. This is especially beneficial for injuries that will heal on their own over time, such as common sports injuries like sprains, strains, and even fractures.

Physical therapy is essential for strengthening muscle tissue, maintaining range of movement, and improving flexibility. When it successfully achieves these objectives, we are often able to avoid using surgery for arthritic conditions.

Custom orthotic devices are not the same as the mass-produced inserts bought over the counter at the store. Those may provide extra cushioning and arch support, but they are not intended to treat medical conditions. Our patients find that the orthotics we customize for their unique foot structure and gait patterns are helpful in correcting biomechanical problems.

Since we often begin with nonsurgical foot injury treatments at Family Foot and Ankle Center, there is no need to worry when you come see us. Even in cases where surgery is needed to correct a condition or repair damaged bone or tissue, you can rest assured that our staff has performed thousands of successful surgical procedures. For more information, call our Cincinnati area offices toll-free at (888) 687-3317 or schedule an appointment with us online.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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