If you haven’t heard about HyProCure® yet, it’s a remarkable procedure that simply makes a small incision below the outer ankle bone, inserts a titanium stent in the natural space between the ankle bone and heel bone, and closes the incision with stitches. There is no screwing or drilling involved. The stent is used to prevent the ankle bone from rolling in. This stops or decreases the abnormal, excessive motion.
Adler Footcare is currently the only practice in New York offering HyProCure® and consults regularly with the inventor of the process. Our New York podiatrists often get asked the following questions when people come into our office to learn more about the procedure.
1. Will the surgery hurt?
Nope! The way we do the procedure at Adler Footcare uses a minimally invasive technique that makes a very small incision, requires just a couple of stitches, a small bandage, and wearing rocker bottom shoes on your way out. As of April 2014 we performed the procedure on over 60 patients, and none have reported any discomfort.
2. What are the long term results?
Of the 25,000 cases done in the United States there is a 96% success rate. Patients can expect 4-6 weeks of no running or jumping. Otherwise, they are feeling so great they tend to not take it easy in the beginning in order to let the stent adjust into its correct position.
3. What’s the failure rate?
There is a 4% failure rate usually due to patients who were not careful in the beginning because too much activity can dislocate their stent. If this happens, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can take it out and put it back in to reposition the stent; however Adler Footcare has not had to do this. Doctors who stretch the criteria for the procedure and put the stent where it shouldn’t be are also to blame.
4. Will I be able to move my ankle the way I should to participate in sports and dancing?
Absolutely! Multiple athletes and dancers are using the HyProCure®. The stent allows people to move exactly the way they are supposed to. Before HyProCure®, your joint actually has too much motion, usually due to over pronation. The HyProCure® acts like a door hinge, controlling the motion of the joint. It’s not recommended for professional athletes or dancers because they actually need the extra flexibility. It’s going to help with the long term flexibility of feet and bearing weight properly.
5. What is the recovery time?
At Adler Footcare we’ll tell you up front: within 3-5 days you’ll be walking in your own shoes, but no running or jumping for 6 weeks! We recommend physical therapy a couple of times a week after that. Post-operative discomfort is minimal. We will give you something akin to super Advil, but no narcotics are used. The worse-case scenario would feel like a mild ankle sprain for a couple of days, but this is rare. The most important thing to remember is to take it easy. It’s tough to control people because there is no pain. If people don’t take it easy the joint space doesn’t have time to heal, that’s why the first 3 weeks are critical to get the stent in its correct position.
HyProCure® helps foot pain on the subtalar joint, bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. It can help you too! Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare below for a free evaluation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.