Mel Williams is a member of an exclusive club of runners known as the Groundpounders. Williams, who finished the Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon 37 times, impressively won in his age group 18 times.
In addition, Williams dominated in his age group at the Boston Marathon for three years to Runner’s World. However, since June, walking on the treadmill at three miles per hour has 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 competing in an October 2012 marathon; the pain in Williams’ legs continued to plague him. Williams was advised to undergo surgery on his calf.
Foot surgery may be necessary when all other options have been exhausted. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot HealthCare Associates. Dr. Mozen 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, feel free to contact our offices in Southfield, Novi, or Livonia, MI.
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