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Footsurgery News 31 Jul | '2019

Minimally Invasive(Keyhole) Bunion Surgery (Brisbane/Gold Coast)

What is Minimally Invasive (keyhole) bunion surgery?

Minimally invasive bunion surgery involves small keyhole incisions (<3mm), which results in less post-operative pain, faster recovery, and less stiffness at the big toe compared to traditional open bunion surgery involving large incision (~5 cm) and more dissections resulting in more soft tissue damages.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery may be an alternative to traditional open surgery for some patients and this will depend on the type and severity of the bunion. Dr Kim in Brisbane/Gold Coast Foot Surgery will advise if you are a good candidate for Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Bunion Surgery during your consultation.

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Footsurgery News 3 Jul | '2019

Freiberg’s disease (Infraction)

Freiberg’s disease can become a debilitating condition. If not treated properly, arthritic changes can occur at a young age.

Freiberg’s disease is osteochondrosis (Avascular necrosis) of the metatarsal head that most often occurs in the second metatarsal head although it can happen to any metatarsal heads. It commonly presents in adolescence, with a 5:1 female:male ratio.

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Footsurgery News 4 Apr | '2019

Plantar Plate Tear (Brisbane/Gold Coast)

The plantar plate is a deep fibrocartilaginous structure which originates from metatarsal heads and attaches to the proximal phalanx through the joint capsule within the forefoot

Functions of the plantar plate

  • stabilize the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • assist in the windlass mechanism due to its attachment to the plantar fascia
  • resist hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • absorb compressive loads

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Footsurgery News 6 Feb | '2019

Minimally Invasive Flatfoot Surgery (HyproCure)

HyProCure

HyProCure is an extra-osseous talo-tarsal stabilisation (EOTTS) procedure designed to help people with symptomatic Pes planus(flat-foot) deformity.  This is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require cutting or drilling in the bones. A small titanium stent is placed into a naturally occurring space called sinus tarsi between the ankle and heel bone to instantly realign and stabilize the hindfoot.

Although HyProCure is usually performed as a stand-alone, single procedure, there may be additional surgical procedures required for more complex cases.

Am I a candidate for HyProCure procedure?

Symptomatic Pes Planus (also known as flatfeet) may cause many foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, painful heels/spurs, shin splints and other secondary issues such as knee pain, hip pain, lower back pain.

HyProCure can be considered in patients with symptomatic Pes Planus that have not responded well with conservative treatment such as custom-designed orthotics, physical therapy abd footwear/activity modifications.

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Footsurgery News 12 Oct | '2018

Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Foot Surgery

Podiatric foot and ankle surgeon Dr Kim brings significant advance for minimally invasive (keyhole) foot and ankle surgery to Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Minimally Invasive surgery has gained popularity in the field of foot and ankle surgery. Special surgical instruments/devices with advanced imaging techniques are used to visualise and perform various foot and ankle surgery through small incisions.

Because minimally invasive (keyhole) foot surgery, does not involve a long incision, it results in less trauma to the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the foot. In most cases, this results in less pain after foot surgery and a faster recovery.

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Footsurgery News 2 Sep | '2018

Surgery for Plantar fasciitis

Surgery for plantar fasciitis

Heel pain is one of the most common disorders that foot and ankles physicians treat and fortunately conservative treatment) is successful in roughly 90% of patients seeking treatment with plantar fasciitis.

When patients do not respond to conservative therapies, surgical options may be considered.  Surgical treatment for plantar fasciitis has been shown to be effective with good results throughout literature. (1-17)

Please note that surgery should be considered after 6 months of quality conservative treatment.

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Footsurgery News 4 Aug | '2018

Surgery for problems of the small toes

  1. What problems can happen to the small toes

The small toes are important in walking, especially when pushing off with the foot towards the next step. They share the pressure with the big toe and the ball of the foot. Toes become deformed when the pressures on the toe are stronger than their joints can resist. This may because the joints are weak or the pressures strong, or both.

The joints may be weak because they have been damaged by injury or arthritis. The muscles that control them may become unbalanced, so that one set pulls harder than others and causes the toe to bend. In some people the tissues in the lower part of the joint at the base of the toe (metatarsophalangeal joint or MTPJ) become weak, allowing the base of the toe to drift upwards and unbalancing it.

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Footsurgery News 13 Jul | '2018

Morton’s Neuroma: what do you need to know

  1. What is Morton’s neuroma?

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue and Morton’s neuroma is a swollen, inflamed common digital nerve located between the bones at the ball of the foot. The most common location is in second (between second and third metatarsal) and third (between third and fourth metatarsals) spaces. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot and sometimes the pain radiates to the toes.

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Footsurgery News 14 Jun | '2018

What do you need to know about bunion surgery?

Do I need bunion surgery?

Although your surgeon has recommended an operation for your bunion to improve the function of your foot and reduce pain, it is your decision if you go ahead with the operation or not.

The bunion is often progressive and once the second toe overlies or underlies your first toe, additional operations are required to address the deformed lesser toes.

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