The Cryosurgery Option for Foot Problems
As podiatrists, we see and treat a wide variety of foot issues at our New York offices, and use a range of therapies to bring you the relief you are seeking. These include many conservative options like better shoes, custom orthotics, night braces, physical therapy, injections, ultrasound, and others. This article discusses cryosurgery, a procedure that can be used to treat certain skin issues as well as problems inside your foot when conservative methods have failed to bring relief.
What Is Cryosurgery?
Simply put, this procedure uses icy cold temperatures to destroy abnormal tissue and treat pain. To do this, we use elements like liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or argon with extremely cold temperatures (-320°F for nitrogen, for example). These are applied to the unwanted tissue using a swab or directed spray for skin issues, or a probe for internal ones. They kill cells on contact.
When Is Cryosurgery Used?
One of the most common uses is when we “freeze” a wart on your foot. The tissue of the wart dies and healthy skin grows in its place. We can also use this procedure to treating cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions as well as benign tumors on the skin. An advantage is that when properly applied, there is usually little scarring from the treatment.
This treatment option has also been used for painful problems inside of your foot, such as benign nerve tumors of Morton’s neuroma or chronic plantar fasciitis pain. The area is first numbed with a local anesthetic. With the development of ultrasound guided techniques and fluoroscopy, we can direct the probe to the precise spot of the tissue involved for better results. The liquid nitrogen forms a freezing ball on the end of the probe that destroys the abnormal tissue it touches.
Is Cryosurgery Safe?
The procedure is not usually the first choice for treating foot problems, because there are certain risks involved, such as blisters, damage to healthy tissue, pain, loss of sensation in nearby nerves, and possible infection. However, it is generally safe when done by trained professionals like our foot experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates. It is usually prescribed if other conservative therapies have not addressed your skin or pain problems, or if they keep recurring. As an alternative to regular surgery, this procedure is less invasive and heals more quickly.
Recovery usually means modifying your activity for a few days after the procedure. If it involves the skin, you will need to care for the site as we instruct you, keeping it clean and protected and taking care not to spread the wart virus if a blister breaks. Internal uses are considered minimally-invasive procedures, but there is still a tiny incision to care for, and you need to keep an eye out for signs of infection like unusual redness, warmth, or pain.
Let Our Queens Foot Experts Help You
If you struggle with nerve pain in your toes, are tired of chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis, or have a pesky wart that isn’t responding to home care with pharmacy products, give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call at one of our convenient locations in Queens and Nassau County. You can reach our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, the Flushing location at (718) 969-2266, or the Plainview office at (516) 822-9595, and our staff will be glad to answer your questions and set up your appointment at a time that is convenient for you. You can also request a visit right now by filling out our contact form. We look forward to helping you toward better foot health!