Miami Beach resident Diane Ares has a passion for high heels, owning a collection with enough heels to match every outfit she owns. Unfortunately, Ares’ feet have paid the price for her choice of footwear, with Ares needing to undergo three surgeries, including an additional surgery to correction lingering issues with her toes.
“I want to get out of this pain,” said Ares, 77. “I can’t stand it anymore.” Many women like Ares love the look of heels, even if that means sacrificing their own foot health. “If you’re constantly wearing high-heeled shoes, it leads to a shortening of the Achilles tendon and tends to give you all of these different issues,” said Steinlauf, who is also a clinical assistant professor at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.
It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry to understand how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments. With Dr. Ladha’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.
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.
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