Addressing Foot and Ankle Concerns
In a conversation between WJBC's Blake Haas and Doctor Adam Buffington, a podiatrist at Carle McLean County Orthopedics, practical solutions to foot and ankle issues were discussed. Dr. Buffington treats sprains, long-lasting pain, bunions, and more.
During the interview, he stressed the importance of seeking medical attention if the pain does not improve a few days following an injury to your foot or ankle. Even if you just dropped something on your foot and expect no damage, an initial evaluation and X-ray are suggested. He also informed Blake and the listeners that there are several new technologies for bunion treatment and pain relief at Carle McLean County Orthopedics, such as minimally invasive procedures and fusion techniques. With these "game-changing" processes, as Buffington declared, patients can walk soon after their appointment rather than being off their feet for weeks. Gone are the days of prolonged recovery and large incisions! Dr. Buffington stated that only five small poke holes on either side of the joint are needed.
When asked about custom orthotics, Dr. Buffington answered with a hopeful response—there are abundant options at Carle McLean County Orthopedics for structural deformities and joint pain. He described simple steps to relief: First, "a thorough examination, and then we come up with the treatment plan that's tailored to your needs." In the case of custom orthotics, a referral will be sent to a local orthotic company, or castings will be taken at CMCO and sent to an orthotic lab.
Carle McLean County Orthopedics and Dr. Buffington are ready to treat all foot and ankle concerns. Whether you need an X-ray image or a minimally invasive procedure performed, they have you covered with a treatment plan specific to your circumstances.
Below is the whole conversation from March 1.