The foot comprises hundreds of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. That translates to the likelihood of a multitude of problems. While some foot problems occur as a result of sports injuries, falls or other impacts, many other foot problems develop as a result of aging, arthritis or other systemic illnesses or diseases. Other foot problems can occur from ill-fitting shoes and improper arch support. A few anatomical problems, like hammer toes or bunions, may even be caused by inherited factors that cause you to walk in a certain way. Dr. Glass is skilled in determining the underlying causes of foot problems so he can recommend the best treatment for each patient’s individual needs.
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Dr. Glass uses advanced techniques for the diagnosis of foot problems, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed right in his office. An MRI scan uses no x-ray radiation but instead relies on radio and magnetic energy to form images of the internal structures of the foot, including the soft tissues. As these rays are transmitted through your body, hydrogen atoms send out waves in response, forming highly detailed cross-sectional images that can be used to diagnose problems and even evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Of course, in addition to MRI, Dr. Glass also relies on a comprehensive exam and patient history, as well as x-rays when necessary.
No, many problems can be managed conservatively, with orthotics, exercises, and changes in your walking habits, or even your lifestyle. Other issues respond very well to oral or injected medications. When surgery is required, most procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques to reduce risks and improve healing for optimal results.
We provide comprehensive treatment and professional services to address a wide range of foot and ankle issues. If you are suffering from pain or impaired function, let us know how we can help you by scheduling your appointment today.