When you’re driving down the street in your car and you see flashing red lights or hear a siren, what do you do? Your brain immediately knows to pay attention and pull over because something is wrong. So you slow down and pull over. You don’t ignore the lights and sirens because you could be putting yourself or someone else in harm’s way.
This should be how you react when you’re experiencing pain in your body, especially foot pain. It should be a warning sign that something is wrong. Instead of ignoring it, you should slow down, take a moment to evaluate, and use caution. What most people don’t know is that foot pain may just be the beginning. If your feet hurt they may also be causing the pain in other parts of your body due to misalignment.
Our feet are the foundation of our body, so a good place to start pinpointing the cause of any pain you’re feeling is to look down. The connection between your feet and pain in the rest of your body relates to balance and alignment.
Your ankle bone should normally sit on top of your heel bone. When your ankle bone partially dislocates on the heel bone, the foundation of the body is altered. This causes a misalignment chain reaction in your entire body:
- The knees may turn in
- Then the hips may turn in
- Then the pelvis tilts
- Then the back curves
When the ankle rolls inward it causes misalignment in the feet and secondary problems in the rest of the body. The best way to correct the misalignment of the ankle bone and ease your discomfort in the rest of your body is a treatment called HyProCure.
HyProCure is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it’s done by making a small incision in the foot or ankle that pushes a titanium stent in the natural space between the ankle bone and heel bone to prevent the ankle bone from rolling in. There is no screwing or drilling involved. This stops or decreases the abnormal, excessive motion, stabilizing the ankle bone instantly while still allowing the normal motion to occur. There is little pressure placed on the stent itself as the weight of the body passes through the joints in the foot behind and in front of the stent.
Inserting the HyProCure stent is a fast and simple outpatient procedure that is performed using a combination of twilight sedation and local anesthesia while:
- A small incision is made below the outer ankle bone
- A deeper opening is then made to insert the HyProCure stent
- Six different sizes are tried to determine which stent will give the best correction
- The stent is placed
- The incision is closed with stitches
- Small bandage is applied to the foot
The bandage is kept on the foot for 3 days, then you return to the office and a Band-Aid is placed over the stitches while you return to wearing your own shoes. The procedure is nearly pain-free and the patient walks at all times during healing. The worst sensation patients feel after placement of the HyProCure device is similar to a mild ankle sprain.
Adler Footcare consults regularly with Dr. Michael Graham, the inventor of HyProCure, and hasn’t seen one negative result. If you’re experiencing pain in your feet it could also be causing pain in the rest of your body. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. Contact us today for a free evaluation.