Headache, dizziness, weird spot on your big toe? One quick internet search, and before you know it you there’s 10 different ailments that could explain your symptoms—and these days all the Q&A we need to “self-diagnose” appear in Google without even having to visit another website. Convenient, right? Not so fast.

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It’s time to transition from winter’s full-coverage footwear to summer’s strappy sandals. Don’t be caught with unattended feet this year!

A recent article from Stylecaster provides some good suggestions for prepping your feet for summer. In the article, spa director Shane Upson and nail technician Dulsi Nunez give insight into footcare and pampering.

Socks in Summer? Yep.

While you may expect to ditch your daily socks in the summer, Nunez suggests grabbing a pair of special foot softening socks if you’re hoping to heal dry feet. With a gel lining that’s infused with moisturizing oils and antioxidants, a night in these socks will intensely moisturize your feet.

Don’t want to order special softening socks? Get a great foot cream, apply before bed, then slip on any socks you like for similar benefits.

Either way, treat yourself to overnight foot moisturizing regularly so you can leave dry, cracked heels behind and step out with soft, supple skin instead. It’s particularly important in summer since feet are far more prone to dryness and cracking in summer’s open shoe styles!

Get the Right Buffing Tool

Nunez also mentions that the use of a proper foot tool is a must. Pumice stones are popular, but they gather bacteria and simply aren’t particularly effective. A true foot buffer is a better choice, and you can find some great options at large cosmetic retails shops. Diamond foot buffers are super effective as well as easy to clean.

More Foot Softening Options

If you’re up for treating your feet at the spa, Upson urges people to consider a paraffin treatment. The feet are submerged in warm paraffin with mineral oils; the warm wax opens the pores so the oil can sink in.

For those interested in doing a home treatment for a DIY pedicure, a simple foot bath of warm whole milk is an easy option—just be sure the milk isn’t too hot! Lactic acid is an exfoliant that will help freshen skin.

When to Get a Pro’s Help

There are times when spa treatments, either at home or in your favorite mani/pedi salon, simply aren’t enough to restore health to the feet. If you have painful calluses, feet that are so cracked they’re bleeding, any type of fungus, bunions, or ingrown toenails, it’s important seek a foot doctor’s help. They’ll help you resolve these issues safely (and much more quickly) with medical-grade treatments.

In the Inland Empire? Luckily, there’s a Rancho Cucamonga podiatrist ready to treat your foot ailments and help you get your feet ready for summer. At Surgical Arts of Inland Empire, we are expert in removing bunions, fixing ingrown nails, and more. Call (909) 579-3111 to request your complimentary consultation!

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Come in for a Free Seminar on How to Achieve Permanent Weight Loss, Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 11-12pm.  Dr. Joseph Naim will present on all options of permanent weight loss surgery in an informal gathering.  Dr. Naim is double board certified in General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery with fellowship training in weight loss surgery.  He has performed thousands of weight loss surgeries with minimal complications.  You will learn about weight loss options such as Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass.  These procedures are covered by most PPO insurances.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Naim, call 909-579-3111.  We look forward to seeing you on May 11.  We will be there to help you through your weight loss journey.  Feel free to share this blog.  By the way, family members and friends are welcome to accompany you as this may be the start of a new you.

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Here are some procedures that are commonly performed in our facility.  You may contact us at 909-579-3111 for more information or to schedule a consultation.  To view some before and after pictures, you may visit http://www.surgicalartsinlandempire.com/cosmetic-foot-surgery.html

Minimally Invasivee Adult & Pediatric Flatfoot Correction – (Subtalar Arthroreises)
This is a brief outpatient procedure that allows rapid ambulation and recovery. A small titanium implant is inserted in the sinus tarsi to block downward and inward motion of the foot.

Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)
EPF is one of the latest technological advances to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Two small incisions that are less than a 1/2 inch long are placed on each side of the heel. A special scope and camera are used to visualize and cut a small part of the fascia. This procedure allows for immediate post operative ambulation.

Endoscopic Decompression of Neuroma/Neuritis (EDIN)
Two small incisions, less than a 1/2 inch long, are placed at the area of pain. A special scope and camera are inserted to visualize and decompress the nerve. This procedure allows for immediate post operative ambulation.

Endoscopic Gastroc Recession
Two small incisions, less than a 1/2 inch long, are placed at the Achilles tendon. A special scope and camera are inserted into the incisions to visualize and cut the tendon which allows for lengthening.

Ankle Arthroscopy
Two small incisions, less than a 1/2 inch long, are placed at both sides of the ankle. A special scope and camera are inserted to visualize the ankle joint. Ankle pathologies may be treated with this procedure. The minimally invasive nature of this surgery allows for immediate post operative ambulation.

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A bunion is a structural problem of the big toe joint causing a boney prominence. Surgery is commonly performed to correct the problem. Some people simply avoid surgery because they may have “heard” some misnomers that guide their decision.

Surgery for bunions involves more than just simply shaving the boney protrusion. It typically requires that the deviated bones to be structurally realigned. Milder bunions are corrected with bone cuts close to the big toe joint. Larger bunions typically need a more “involved” bone cut or a fusion procedure to completely realign the structural problem. It takes approximately six weeks for the bones to mend in the corrected position.

Myth #1: Bunion Surgery Is Excruciatingly Painful

Bunion surgery is not particularly “more” painful than other surgeries. Foot surgery, in general, can lend itself to increased pain post-operatively because the foot is below the level of the heart and blood can rush to the area, causing a throbbing feeling. Also, the foot does not have much soft tissue surrounding the bones, so moderate postoperative swelling can aggravate the nerves, causing pain. Most patients find that the postoperative discomfort is tolerable with pain medication and a program dedicated to pain relief.

Myth #2: Bunions Come Back Even After Surgery

A majority of patients are satisfied with their outcome after bunion surgery. Recurrence is possible, but not particularly likely. And, return of a bunion is not necessarily a complication, but something that can happen over time. Some patients have excessive motion in the foot that may predispose them to recurrence. Another possible reason for recurrence occurs when a procedure that was performed did not best suit the severity of the particular bunion — so it’s important to have the surgery tailored for your particular bunion.

Myth #3: Bunion Surgery = Cast and Crutches

While this was true years ago, more modern techniques have allowed surgeons to mobilize patients quicker. Mild bunions typically involve walking in a surgical shoe for six weeks. Surgeons consider casting with crutches with larger bunions because setting the bones is more complex. Some surgeons have moved away from bone cuts and instead perform a fusion procedure that allows for realignment of the entire deviated bone. This fusion procedure is called the Lapidus Bunionectomy, and contemporary approaches allow for early protected walking at two weeks postoperatively. Recent technological advances in medical implant devices have also helped surgeons modify their techniques to get patients moving quicker.

Myth #4: You Have To Be Off Work

This is simply not true, and a function of the demands of your workplace. A patient can return to a sedentary desk job within two weeks of the surgery, and varies based on surgeon protocol and type of bunionectomy performed. Jobs that require excessive walking, standing and physical activity may require a medical leave of absence — which can be up to two months depending on healing and job requirements. Getting around can be difficult and driving may be off limits if you have your right foot operated on and/or drive a manual.

Myth #5: Don’t Fix A Bunion Unless Painful

The concern with surgically correcting a non-painful bunion is that the surgery can result in longstanding post-operative pain that may not have been there prior. However, people do have surgery for non-painful bunions if the bunion interferes with activity, continues to become larger, or if they have difficulty wearing certain shoes and/or if the bunion is simply unsightly. Surgeons strongly prefer (or require) that patients have a painful bunion before they consider surgery. Fortunately, pain is the most common reason people seek treatment.

Myth #6: Healing After Bunion Surgery Results In Unsightly Scars

Surgical healing is part of the process with any surgery, and bunion surgery is no different. Incisions can be minimized, or alternate surgical approaches may be used to hide surgical scars. Bunion incisions are either located on the top of the foot or on the side of the foot, and technique varies based on surgeon. A surgeon may perform a plastic surgery-type closure to keep scaring minimum. Patients can support the healing process with specific targeted dietary supplements to provide the building blocks for proper healing.

Bunion surgery, just like any surgery, has its share of myths. Because not all bunions are treated the same, information that may apply to someone with a large bunion may not apply to someone with a small bunion. Take the time to sort out what is truth vs. myth for your particular problem. Obtaining medical information from family, friends, coworkers and even the Internet will only help you make make an informed decision should you seek surgical advice.

– Dr. Blitz

If you have questions about this procedure or other podiatry services, call our office 909-579-3111 to schedule your complimentary consultation with our Podiatrist.  Don’t live with Pain.

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