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The Groundpounders, Will Brown, Mel Williams, Matt Jaffe, Al RichmondMel Williams is a member of the Groundpounders, a club of runners who have completed all Marine Corps marathons. Over the years Williams was able to finish the Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon 37 times, winning his age group on 18 occasions.

 He was on top of his age group for three years at the Boston Marathon, according to Runner’s World. However, walking on the treadmill at three miles per hour caused the 75 year old such an enormous amount of pain that he had to stop.

 “I know what’s happening to my body,” he said. “The question is: how can I work around it? I realize it’s the aging process. I’m trying to understand it physiologically and I can’t,” said Williams. After  another marathon in October 2012, Williams finished in his slowest run to date, with his legs continuing to bother him. Williams was then suggested to undergo surgery on his calf.

Everyone should take care of feet, but some foot problems require undergoing foot surgery. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Description: feetWhile women are nine times as likely to get bunions as men, the condition does not seem to further discriminate with young women being affected as well.  26-year-old Kacey Barker of Massachusetts found herself with a painful bunion that kept getting worse and even caused her to limit the athletic activities she participated in.  “A lot of my friends thought bunions are for women who are old or who wear high-heeled shoes for decades,” said Barker.  Barker, who tends to select more supportive and sensitive shoes, chose to have surgery to correct the problem after the pain became unbearable.  “There’s a misconception that shoes cause the bunions.  Shoes aggravate it and make it symptomatic.  It starts to occur in the early phases of young adulthood, and as time goes on, it progresses,” said Michael Trepal, professor of surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.  

Bunions themselves are a common problem women face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your bunions, diagnose the condition, and provide the appropriate treatment options to you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.


Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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