Cures for Common Foot Problems, Without Surgery

The Wall Street Journal—August 31, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports that bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes and foot pain can often be treated without surgery. The article suggests that there are other techniques available for individuals who are experiencing foot problems, such as ultrasound-guided injections that deliver anti-inflammatory drugs to the precise site of the pain and shock wave therapy that promotes soft-tissue healing.

Foot insoles and physical therapy are generally the first line of treatment, says Dr. Positano, director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. Many issues stem from what he calls a “pathological foot type,” such as flat feet or too-high arches, which cause people to put too much pressure on parts of the foot.

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