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When is surgery necessary? So you’re taking your dog out for a walk, enjoying the night air, when suddenly the dog lunges for the bushes. Your shoulder is snapped into tension, and your ankle rolls over the edge of the sidewalk. You hear a sickening “SNAP!” Suddenly, your ankle will no longer carry your weight.
Lois: We’ll be talking about metatarsalgia, disorders of the forefoot, with Dr. Brett Fink. a general reference on foot care which will be published in December of this year. I am Lois Wingerson. Welcome, Dr. Fink.
· Many things can cause pain in the forefoot.
· Swelling around the joints near the ball of the foot often indicates that a ligament on the bottom of the foot is deteriorating.
· The deterioration and tearing of this ligament can signal the development of a hammertoe, the most common deformity of the lesser toes.
Mike Buchanan: Thank you very much. And good morning everyone. Well you know most people take a tremendous fuss in their overall health. That’s why orthopedic surgeon, Brett Fink, has written a book about the importance of maintaining proper foot care. The foot is an amazing complex organ that provides a variety of activities during a person’s lifetime. Dr. Fink will reveal the foot problems that are often misunderstood by the very physicians that we turn to for help.
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