Surgery Suggested for Marathon Marine
Mel Williams is a Groundpounder, a title bestowed to members of an exclusive club of runners who have finished every edition of the Marine Corps Marathon. In an impressive record; Williams has finished the Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon 37 times, winning 18 times in his age group.
For three years Williams was on top at the Boston Marathon according to Runner’s World. But in June, walking on the treadmill at three miles per hour caused the 75 year old such an enormous amount of pain 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,” Williams said. After another completing another marathon in October of last year, Williams finished in his slowest run to date, with his legs continuing to bother him. Williams wound up receiving a suggestion 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. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov 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.
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