“My husband and I noticed our son’s ankles rolling in about 2 years ago. We had him fitted for inserts and it seemed to work at the time. About 6 months ago, we noticed that Carson started limping and complaining of ankle pain while playing sports. We were recommended by a family member to make an appointment with Dr. Powers. Much to our surprise, he recommended a procedure called HyProCure. Dr. Powers told us to go home, read the literature he gave us, and do some research. On October 27, 2014, Carson had the procedure done on his right foot. We followed the doctor’s orders and he has done amazing! It was not until the bandage was taken off and he could stand on both feet that we could see just how mind blowing the results were! With one foot down and the other to be done on December 22, we are more than ready to see what a difference this is going to make for our son’s everyday life and his love of sports!”
Some people can walk through life without pain from flatfoot, which can be present from birth. In that case, you don’t really need to treat the problem. However, when these fallen arches start to cause discomfort in the form of plantar fasciitis, heel pain, shin splints, knee pain, back pain, or other ailments, it’s time to visit Kevin J. Powers, DPM, in Bloomington, IN, to discuss flatfoot correction.
We will always try non-surgical methods to correct the problem before we discuss surgical options. An initial period of rest and ice may help you reduce swelling. We might suggest physical therapy, and creating custom orthotics may also help. More advanced options include corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling.
If you’re still feeling pain, understand that our suggestion of surgery comes out of careful consideration, expert experience, and a concern for your health and quality of life. We will let you have a few days to think about whether this decision would be the right one for you. Good candidates for surgery still have a flexible flatfoot. We will determine whether or not a procedure is a smart option by examining and doing a complete evaluation of your foot and medical history. We may need to take an X-ray to better see the bones in your foot.
Many treatments exist for flatfoot correction, including one that we recommend in our office called HyProCure. This is an FDA-cleared titanium stent that we put into a space between your heel and ankle bones. Note that the stent is not implanted into the bone, just placed into the naturally occurring space. The small medical device provides stability and alignment in you hind foot and arch. Your operating time will take less than half an hour and recovery time takes just a few weeks. We would also be happy to answer your questions concerning other options for surgery to correct flatfoot.
If you have questions about flatfoot correction, including our treatment called HyProCure, please make an appointment with Kevin J. Powers, DPM, in Bloomington, IN. Call our office at (812) 333-4422 or request an appointment online. Dr. Powers also sees patients in Bedford on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the IU Health Center and Washington on Fridays at the Daviess Community Hospital.