Alternatives to foot surgery

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Updated: 1/14/2003 1:32 pm Published: 1/14/2003 1:32 pm

Some procedures which technically qualify as surgery, such as removing a wart or corn, don't require alternatives. These can be performed in the doctor's office without any inconvenience to the patient. When it comes to major foot surgery it's almost all elective. It should be the last resort only when other, non-surgical methods have been tried. Many foot deformities in infants can be corrected by casting, bracing or otherwise reshaping the child's foot while it is still supple. Follow-up exercises can go on for several years. The use of orthodics or changing the type of footwear worn can relieve many adult conditions, as can strapping or steroid injections. If all else fails, you should try to get a second opinion prior to undergoing surgery. Since there is rarely a need for immediate surgery, you can take the extra time to seek help elsewhere. Most insurance plans allow you to try to find surgical alternatives. For more information on foot surgery and its alternatives, contact a foot specialist in your area.

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