As a Podiatric Surgeon, Andrew van Essen appreciates the complexities of the feet and can use both surgical and non-surgical methods to provide a solution for many foot problems.
Using modern and traditional techniques for permanent correction of ingrown nails, bunions, arthritic joints, hammer toes, and neuromas.
At Prospect Podiatry, we will only recommend surgery after having considered all avenues of conservative treatment.
Ingrowing or Deformed Toenails
Surgery will provide a permanent cure for ingrowing toenails with the best cosmetic result.
Ingrowing toenails are the most common reasons for foot surgery. In most cases surgery can be provided at the Prospect Podiatry clinic under local anaesthesia.
We have evolved our techniques in nail surgery from traditional procedures, these new techniques limit the pain and time required away from normal activity and optimise the cosmetic appearance of the toe.
Surgery provides a consistently good outcome for people suffering from this aliment, making bunion surgery a good option to consider.
Surgical correction for Bunion Deformities has come a long way. The reputation it once had for being a very painful surgery with poor results is no longer the case. This type of surgery is performed in hospital as day surgery or overnight stay. Post-operative management and healing time vary depending on the severity of the condition and the procedure performed.
Dr. Andrew van Essen will provide you with detailed options at your appointment.
Arthritis of the Big Toe (Hallux Limitus)
There is multiple options for treating arthritis in the big toe.
The big toe is one of the most common joints in the body to develop arthritis. It is not always associated with a bunion deformity. There are a variety of surgical techniques depending on the severity of the arthritis and range from simply removing some of the bone spurs to joint replacement or fusion. Modified footwear and orthoses can also help.
Such a seemingly minor deformity can cause so much pain but there is a solution.
Hammertoes often accompany a bunion although they may occur on their own. Traditional hammertoe correction generally requires a small piece of bone to be removed to straighten the toe. Sometimes this also requires tendon lengthening or fusion of one of the joints in the toe.
Today, Minimally Invasive Surgical techniques have taken over so we rarely perform traditional hammertoe correction.
It is possible to settle down most neuromas without the need for surgery.
Pinching and irritation of the nerve in the ball of the foot usually between the 3rd and 4th toes can be quite debilitating and can occur in other areas. In the majority of cases significant relief can be achieved without surgery which is only required when other methods have failed to give relief.