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Dancer with Rare Condition Able to Dance Again Thanks to Surgery

Matthew Leonardi, has been dancing since he was 4 years old. Ten years after his first dance, Leonardi began experiencing a strange feeling to his ankle.  "I couldn't point [my foot]. It felt like something was blocking it and I didn't have that great flexibility of pointing and flexing,” Leonardi said.

Leonardi would be diagnosed with trigonum syndrome; a rare condition in which excess bone in the ankle is crushed by an injury. Fortunately, according to Leonardi’s surgeon, once the diagnosis has been made the condition can be corrected through surgery.  "Recovery was great. I started pointing and flexing again, like nothing happened, like there was nothing wrong with it, and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, he saved my career,’” Leonardi said.

Foot and ankle conditions sometimes require surgery. If you or a loved one needs surgery,contact podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.  Dr. Tedesco can help you determine whether or not you need surgery.


When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

To learn more about foot surgery, please follow link below.

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


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