Corrective cosmetic foot surgery may be a surgical or non-surgical treatment that corrects foot and ankle issues and injuries that may be persistently painful and at times disabling. The goal of the procedure is to restore normal foot and ankle function, relieve chronic pain, and, at the same time, make the foot aesthetically appealing.
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body; they help support, balance, and enhance your posture. When your feet suffer from a condition, it affects the other parts of your body. Pain on your feet affects how you walk, and when your feet overcompensate by walking or limping, you may experience back and joint pains.
Such is the case for flat-footed people. Since they can’t walk properly, the knees, hips, spine, and neck compensate, resulting in an uneven walk, gait, and manner of sitting that eventually will worsen the condition. The added stress on the knees, hip, and spine of flat-footed people may cause these parts to malfunction and experience pain in the long run.
Here are the different types of corrective foot surgeries:
- Fusion surgery – when cartilage and bones on your fractured feet don’t heal by their own accord, they tend to separate and need to be fused to function correctly. This procedure is also used for flat feet and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Metatarsal surgery – When bunions form on your feet, it could affect how you walk and be extremely painful. To correct bunion deformity that grew on your metatarsals or the long bones that are behind your toes, in most cases you’d need surgery to fix it.
When your metatarsals aren’t correctly aligned, painful calluses may form on the balls of your feet, affecting the way you walk. The surgery will cut through the metatarsal bone and align it with a pin or a screw. The patient may be placed in a cast or may use crutches for a few weeks, awaiting the healing of the foot.
- Morton’s neuroma surgery
When you wear high-heeled and tight shoes too often and for long periods of time, it could cause your feet to develop a condition called Morton’s neuroma. It’s a painful condition characterized by a thickening of the tissue between your third and fourth toes. In time, this will feel as if you’re stepping on a rock while walking, greatly affecting the way you walk and even your posture. You may feel a sharp, burning pain that may progress to the numbness of the affected toe. Switching to much more comfortable shoes may help ease the condition, but if it’s too severe, you’ll need surgery to correct it.
- Toe deformities correction surgery – Toes may have deformities at birth, upon using improper footwear, or even because of illnesses like stroke, diabetes, or arthritis. Some toe deformities are mallet toes, claw toes, and hammertoes. Toe deformities are painful and may limit a person’s footwear options. These may also be unsightly and may result in a decrease in self-confidence. To delay the deformity’s progression, relieve pain, maintain walking ability, and make the foot look pretty, corrective cosmetic foot surgery would be needed.
Currently, foot surgeries are partnered with CBD to give patients better treatment options.
What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the main extracts of the cannabis plant, second only to THC, which is the psychoactive component of the said plant. THC is the component that produces the ‘high’ sensation. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects; instead, it’s used therapeutically to help patients with anxiety, depression, and seizures and pain relief.
CBD has been made legal for medical purposes in some states to treat Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
Many patients fear surgery because of post-operative pain, but many doctors say that this is unnecessary. Many pains are preventable, including those in corrective cosmetic foot surgery. The patient’s healing process won’t be improved if the pain distracts the patient from getting well.
Today, CBD is used to help with patients undergoing corrective cosmetic foot surgery. Here’s how it can affect your foot surgery:
- May Help Manage Post-Surgical Pain
When CBD is introduced to the body, it’s believed to impact the receptors that help regulate pain. Your body has an endocannabinoid system that helps regulate mood and nerve function, and which balances your body’s homeostasis or your body’s ability to self-regulate for stability.
When CBD enters your body, it may positively impact the system receptors, enabling you to cope with post-surgical pain. Doctors can recommend and guide this to patients as taking CBD pre- and post-surgery may be harmful to some since it’s an anticoagulant.
When introduced to the body, CBD is believed to increase the level of anti-inflammatory cytokines, which are the tiny proteins essential in controlling the growth and activity of other immune system cells and blood cells. When CBD enters the body, it’s known to bind itself to the CB2 receptors, which are the endocannabinoid receptors that help regulate the body’s immune system. As a result, it may naturally increase the level of anti-inflammation properties of the body, unlike when using prescription drugs that you can be dependent on in time.
- May Eliminate The Risk Of Opioid Addiction
Since CBD will replace opioids to address post-surgical pain, there may be a reduced risk that the patient will be exposed to opioid addiction, which has become one of America’s leading substance abuse problems.
- May Help The Patient Get Through Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
Undergoing corrective foot surgery is painful, and there’ll be a time when you’ll be in a cast and won’t be functional, which may lead to depression and anxiety. This state may eventually lead to an unwillingness to participate in post-surgical rehabilitation, essential for recovery.
Post-surgical rehabilitation will help bring back the function and mobility of your feet. Using CBD may address the mental and emotional wellbeing of the patient, so they may successfully participate in post-surgical rehabilitation and fast-track their recovery.
Foot surgery, whether done for cosmetic or corrective reasons, shouldn’t enable one to be paralyzed with fear. You have to remember that your feet support your entire body weight, and addressing foot issues should be done as soon as you see them because not attending to them right away will aggravate the said conditions.