Tuesday, August 19, 2014

4 Years Later

After 4 years... This is still one of the coolest things for me (see video below). Those with flat feet are very familiar with the primitive duck footprint you leave when stepping on the beach sand. I was no different, but since Hyprocure my footprint is now a beautifully symmetrical piece of art :)  As for me, nothing has changed. My feet feel great, I have no pain, and still recommend anyone suffering from flat feet have this procedure done ASAP. After talking about this and suggesting it others... I've learned most people are apprehensive and avoid Hyprocure because the thought of a titanium screw being surgically implanted is just plain scary. Just to clarify... this is not a major surgery. General anesthesia is not used (some people fear that as mortal complications sometimes arise). Hyprocure is a 20 minute procedure, done under mild sedation, that leaves most patients walking the same day (in an air cast). Everyone's body is different, but if implanted properly, most people don't feel much pain or swelling following the proceedure. This is because Hyprocure isn't drilled into the bone. It's simply placed in an existing canal in the ankle and is secured in place within a few weeks by scar tissue. I understand being fearful of a surgery, but the reward of a normal pain free life was totally worth it for me!

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17 comments:

  1. hi..would you recommend me to do the surgery if I have flat feet which has caused me back & knee pain after only standing for an hour? With my past experiences with other doctors, they would just puck me aside and ask me to do physiotherapy as they said my pain is minimal and bearable.

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  2. Yes, i defintely recommend you have the surgery done. One hour is way too short to already be in pain. I would also be in pain within 15 mins to 1 hour. Now after the surgery i can walk all day. Good luck.

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  3. Thanks for your feedback. I've also noticed my right foot (which is more flat-footed) has a growing bunion. My left foot does not have one. Though I don't think it is possible to do it as of now since I'm too young to decide for myself and my parents being Asian are quite sceptical about "surgery". The Hyprocure surgery is also relatively new at where I live and not many doctors are able to perform it. Anyway, many thanks :)) and glad the surgery has been able to change your life so much!

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  4. My son is 13 and is an awesome athlete. His goal is to play college and pro football. He also plays baseball, basketball, wrestles and runs some with the track team. He also practices and works out at home after practice at school. He is very dedicated. He is also very flat footed and it causes him a lot of pain especially while standing. My main concern is after surgery will he eventually be able to do all these things and run wind sprints, etc? We have an awesome dr in town that has performed literally thousands of this surgery and is highly recommended. It is very hard to find someone to talk to about it that has actually had the surgery. Thanks for your blog!!

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    1. I resumed my normal exercise routine within weeks. There was some fatigue and pain but within a few months that was gone. Everyone's body reacts differently to the surgery, but he should be able to do any physical activity he wants , and probably do it better than before.

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  5. Hi! I just had my hyprocure surgery done on my right leg (16th of september 2014) and this week I am getting my left leg done. I had a foot.bone deformity that caused flat feet and my feet started turning more inside as every year went by. I was supposed to have an osteotomy as my deformity was so severe but I found a doctor who decided to risk it with the Hyprocure implant and so far I am glad he did. An osteotomy is a major and very painful surgery which requires 2 months in a cast and then minimum 1 month physiotherapy (they told me I will have 3 months physio). So I am sooooo happy I went for the hyprocure. I only had a bandage on my foot for 1 week and then I started walking normally already in my second week. So far I only have pain when I step incorrectly...

    My questions to you are: Is there any exercises you cannot do now that you have the implant? Like do you think I will be able to go snowboarding (a lot of ankle work) next year? Also I used to be very into dance and yoga before the pain got to strong. Do you think I will be able to do that?

    Thank you for your blog it actually calmed me before my surgery.

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  6. I'm not restricted in anyway now. I resumed my normal exercise routine within weeks. Initially, my feet got fatigued quickly after exercise or walking and I did get random sharp pains occasionally. However, the pain & fatigue completely went away in a few months. Just be patient. Be prepared to possibly deal with some pain. Walk & exercise more and more everyday to build your feet's endurance. Again, everyone's body reacts differently and I don't know if your bone deformity will interfere with the effectiveness of the Hyprcure, but typically you should be able to do any activity you want.

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  7. Thank you for taking the time to post this. I'm having the procedure done this friday and am growing more and more nervous about it. I'm worried that I will either have long term pain from it or it won't work and will cause me more issues that my overpronated foot already causes. I'm very active in sports and I hope this doesn't change that.

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  8. It's amazing to me that this type of foot surgery can leave some patients walking on the same day as the operation. It is fascinating to me the hyprocure relies on the bodies scar tissue development to secure itself to the bone. Modern medicine is so amazing.
    Mark Leach | http://www.manhattanpodiatry.com

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  9. I think it is amazing that the simple concept of a screw is able to correct human ability. My husband has flat feet, and he has dealt with the pain that often comes from walking on them. I wonder if he would consider having this procedure done himself?
    Cynthia | http://durangopodiatrist.com/

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  10. Thanks for this great article about flat feet (pilnapėdystės gydymas). It's amazing to me that this type of foot surgery can leave some patients walking on the same day as the operation.

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  11. It's good to know things like this so that parents can take better of their kids. I'm not a parent yet, but I plan on keeping things like this in mind so that I can take good care of my children. It's good to have the amazing medical technology and knowledge like this to help us all have better lives. Regards, kojos kauliuko itvaras

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  12. Dear Marko,
    Thank you for this blog and for updates every year. I am 35th day after surgery (in my country there are only 3 docs who do it and they make 2 feet at the same time). Little more one month after I can walk almost normaly. I take care of walking correctly and not too fast, feet hurts, but this pain do not disturb me while walking at all. It is like the hard sourdoughs.
    Your blog was very helpful during the procedure and before, when I was only thinking of it. Non of orthopaedists I visited told me about Hyprocure. They said I have to live with flat feet and pain growing every year... I found this possibility on my own and this blog assured me I'm right.
    Thank you again!

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  13. How much did the procedure cost?

    I want to find a local (or national) surgeon but if I can't I might have to fly to the U.S.

    I am very active and hate not being able to run because of flat feet.

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  14. Dr.Nirenburg is the most recognized and experienced podiatrist surgeon in Northwest Indiana. He has a vast and professional experience in handling all kinds of foot and ankle cases and he has also expertise in forensic podiatrist.

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  15. Foot Doctor Northwest Indiana
    says that you should keep your feet as clean as possible. But at the same time they say that wash your feet but don’t go overboard with that as it might destroy the natural oils present in your feet. Washing is fine but soaking too much is never good for them.

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  16. Hi Marco,

    Please let me know how much did it cost for doing the procedure for one leg?

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