Article by Dr. Misako McLeod, DPM
Arch pain and fatigue, leg cramps, bunions, inability to find shoes that fit – this is a common complaint for many people, especially women.
Splaying of the foot is common when a bunion and flatfoot problem exist together. This causes difficulty finding wide enough shoes and being confined to wearing orthotics for the rest of our lives can be disappointing. Women in particular want to be able to wear more stylish shoes – not all women want to wear Birkenstocks.
In the past, a flatfoot surgery consisted of cutting the heel (calcaneal osteotomy) and arthrodesis (fusion procedures) which required patients to remain strictly non-weightbearing for 2- 3 months. Now, things have changed and medical technology has advanced and provide physicians with better options for our patients.
The Hyprocure implant is a subtalar arthroresis procedure which involves a small incision on the outside of the foot and placement of a titanium stent into the sinus tarsi. This stent blocks pronation, that is, it prevents the heel from everting into a position that causes the arch to collapse, widening of the foot, and worsening of an existing bunion deformity.
Dr. McLeod offers this procedure as an option for patients suffering from flexible flatfoot. Hyprocure implant surgery is an outpatient procedure and immediate protected weight bearing is allowed in certain patients. Transitioning into regular supportive shoes occurs at about 3 weeks.
This subtalar arthrodesis procedure, corrects the hind foot (calcaneus or heel bone) alignment to the leg. This is commonly missed and it’s crucial that this alignment be resorted in the correction of bunion deformities, as well as other 1st ray insufficiency and flatfeet issues to prevent recurrence.
For evaluation of your flat foot issues, call 1-844-442-FOOT for an appointment today!