How can Minimally Invasive Surgery correct Bunion Deformities?

  • By Emma Berrington
  • 21 Sep, 2016

A bunion (also known as hallux valgus) is a misalignment of the knuckle of the big toe. This misalignment causes the big toe to turn toward the smaller toes. The pressure on the second toe commences and this aggravates the pressure from the shoe (bursitis). It also often creates a bump at the base of the big toe. Bunions are not always painful, and this deformity will generally increase over time.

In Bunion corrective surgery it is essential not just to treat the symptoms but to treat the whole cause. For this it is necessary to:

1.       Bring the metatarsal towards the second toe using the following method –   The first metatarsal is divided into two parts. The lower part contains the head and is brought towards the second metatarsal and the two parts are fixed by means of two tiny screws. These sit in the bone and will not be able to be felt by yourself after the procedure. They generally do not need to be removed and very rarely cause any trouble.

2.        To align the big toe along the metatarsal –   This is brought about by straightening the proximal phalanx and re-aligning the great toe to the level of the first toe joint. This is held by a special, tiny staple. Once more the staple cannot be felt and will rarely cause symptoms.

Dr Slater specialises in minimally invasive bunion surgery, with small incisions and faster healing time.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

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By 100000207901 18 Apr, 2017

After minimally invasive surgery the bones will be realigned held in place with specialised screws. Overtime the bones will remodel as they heal.

  At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 


By 100000207901 13 Apr, 2017

Immediately after surgery your foot will have a post op bunion dressing as shown. The bandage should stay for 10 to 14 days after this a slimmer dressing is applied. The surgery is a day case with immediate weight bearing following.

 

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 



 


By 100000207901 12 Apr, 2017
The unfortunate truth is that a diabetic can develop severe foot deformities as part of their diabetes.
These are often a result of Charcot joint formation. This condition is characterised by the destruction of the joint over a prolonged period which can lead to deformity of the foot and loss of function.
These patient often end up with limb amputations.
Using modern reconstructive techniques these limbs can often be salvaged.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 




By 100000207901 12 Apr, 2017

Fusion of dipj with 3 mm integrant screw  

Difficult deformities caused by gout can be treated with minimally invasive surgical techniques when conservative measures fail.
Here a deformity of the toe was fused with a mini screw. No stitching was required.
This surgery was a day case procedure with immediate weight bearing in a surgical shoe.
Gout can cause particularly troublesome foot issues when combined with diabetes

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non-operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks; however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery, it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.


By 100000207901 12 Apr, 2017

Calcaneal fracture management using minimally invasive techniques

Sustaining a calcaneal fracture can be a devastating injury, It is particularly difficult to manage in diabetics and smokers. Longer term arthritis can set in at the subtalar joint.
Usually it is best treated by reducing the joint back to position using minimally invasive techniques 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non-operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks; however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery, it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.




By 100000207901 12 Apr, 2017

Rheumatoid disease can affect any of the joints of the foot.
Some of these conditions can be treated with minimally invasive techniques.
Here midfoot and forefoot pathologies have been corrected with s combination of open and minimally invasive techniques.

X-ray midfoot fusion Rheumatoid Disease

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non-operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks; however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery, it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

By 100000207901 26 Mar, 2017

An ingrown toe nail is caused by the pressure from the inward growth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe, an ingrown toe nail can initially present minor discomfort. Once the edge of the nail breaks through the skin it produces inflammation that may lead to an infection in the adjacent skin and/ or become a reoccurring problem.

Most commonly affect the large toes, however any toe nail can be affected. Signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail include redness, pain, swelling and sometimes there may be a clear to yellowish liquid that will drain from the area, if this becomes infected it will become a pus drainage.

To prevent ingrown toe nails occurring you should follow the below instructions:

·         Proper trimming.  Cut toenails in a fairly straight line, and don’t cut them too short. You should be able to get your fingernail under the sides and end of the nail.

·         Well-fitted shoes and socks.  Don’t wear shoes that are short or tight in the toe area. Avoid shoes that are loose, because they too cause pressure on the toes, especially when running or walking briskly.

A new treatment for an ingrown toenail composed of memory alloy has been developed, the Nail It System. The use of a great toe block will be used to prevent pain during the procedure. Your ingrown nail will be straightened using tools by your orthopaedic surgeon. The whole nail will be measured and a Nail It hook will be set up to straighten the nail. Once prepared the hook will be positioned across your toenail and the orthopaedic surgeon will slide the hook down the nail to the beginning of the deformity and set the hook.

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

By 100000207901 13 Dec, 2016


Dr Slater use the latest equipment and minimally invasive techniques in his surgery. The latest tool is an Anchor it device. This device is used in Brostrom reconstructions, Calcaneal Osteotomies, Achilles Tendon Reconstructions and Tibialis Posterior Tendon Reconstructions.

This product features a titanium corkscrew anchor with ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene suture (fibre). Disposable insertion tool consists of handle and stainless steel. The implant is designed to pass through the ropes. The anchor is a fully threaded corkscrew design to obtain maximum purchase and hold in soft cancellous bone. The corkscrew anchor is available in 3.0mm and 3.5mm dimensions. (Integrant hyperlink)

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

 

By 100000207901 30 Nov, 2016

Dr Slater often advises the use of Voltaren Gel on painful and inflamed areas post surgery.

Diclofenac is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Other common NSAIDs are ibuprofen or naproxen. Diclofenac is one of the most widely used pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicines in the world. It works by relieving pain, and reducing swelling and inflammation.
Diclofenac is the active ingredient in all Voltaren products, which are available in oral (tablet and liquid capsule) and topical forms (applied to the skin). The diclofenac in Voltaren Emulgel works by penetrating deep through the skin, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation directly at the source. (Voltaren, 2016)

 

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

By 100000207901 25 Nov, 2016

 

Turmeric is widely used as a spice in food around the world. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. Because of turmeric's ability to reduce inflammation, researchers have wondered if it may help relieve osteoarthritis pain.((UMMC), 2016)

Turmeric is available in many forms, i.e. Powder, Fluid Extract and Capsules. Curcumin is one of the main chemical components in Turmeric and is considered the most active in reducing inflammation.

The Arthritis Foundation states that “Several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.”(Office, n.d.)

 At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group we utilise the latest techniques to manage conditions of the foot and ankle. Our aim is to explore non operative techniques in the first instance or when necessary provide joint preserving minimally invasive surgical options. Even minimally invasive techniques can carry some risks, however, this technique does allow more possibilities in the management of disease. Before deciding on surgery it is important you feel comfortable with your decision therefore we like to allow ample opportunity for you to ask any relevant questions. It may be useful to write down any questions you would like to ask Dr Slater and bring them along to your appointment. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly staff.

 

At Specialist Foot and Ankle Group our aim is to provide you with the latest techniques to ensure optimal results.

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