Van Nuys resident Susie Schallert has suffered from bunions reshaping her toes since she was a teen. Schallert, who has Down’s Syndrome, must undergo surgery to correct the deformities in order to continue pursuing her love for dancing.
“They’re bad, they’re bad. She has toes on top of toes and bunions that look like golf balls on the sides, and the joints are gone. Can you imagine?” said Susie’s older sister, Patty. The postoperative procedure was successful, as four pins were placed in Susie’s foot. Susie will also be considering having a total joint replacement procedure in her foot. “I want her to dance. I’m sorry. I want her to keep dancing,” Patty cried.
Bunions themselves are a common problem people face, and can make it difficult for one to walk or move. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry.
When is Foot Surgery Needed?
Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.
However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.
In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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