Dr. Michal Zemela, DPM

Podiatrist & Ankle and Foot Surgeon located in Wheeling, IL

Dr. Anthony Spitz, DPM


Dr. Spitz is one of the few podiatrists in Illinois who can correct flat feet through HyProCure, a minimally invasive surgery. The outpatient surgery leaves you with less scarring, pain, and a quicker recovery time.

During the procedure, Dr. Spitz makes a small incision and places a small titanium stent between the ankle and heel bones. The device realigns and stabilizes your hindfoot and moves your foot, ankle, hips, and knees back into proper alignment. 

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What Can Minimally Invasive Surgery Treat?

As technology continues to innovate every aspect of our lives, from how we drive our cars to how we clean our houses, surgical procedures have not only improved their methods but also expanded the list of conditions that they can treat.

A wide array of simple surgeries has been developed throughout the years to address many foot and ankle problems, including HyProCure.

Some of the conditions that no longer require the use of complex surgical procedures due to technological advances are:

  • Bunions.
  • Hammertoes.
  • Heel spurs.
  • Hallux rigidus.
  • Plantar warts.
  • Misaligned feet, and more!

So, if you are experiencing foot or ankle problems, don’t avoid getting help just because you are worried or nervous about having surgery!

The longer you wait to address the condition, the more likely your chances are of needing to undergo more complicated surgeries in the future to correct a problem that maybe wasn’t even all that serious to begin with.

What to Watch for in Growing Feet

Little feet grow quickly, but caring for them can mean more than making sure they’re supplied with properly fitting shoes a few times each year.

As children’s feet develop, you might see abnormal forms of standing and walking. These can include:

  • Walking with toes pointed inward (in-toeing) or outward (out-toeing).
  • Walking for extended periods on tiptoe.
  • Having arches that vanish when standing, but reappear when sitting or rising on their toes.

The good news is that, in most cases, these abnormalities tend to resolve themselves as your child ages. They can be a natural part of foot structure and motor skills forming.

That being said, it is still worth it to keep periodic track of these types of conditions to make sure there are no underlying causes or concerns. Arches that disappear entirely, for example, might need to be addressed—and the sooner they are, the better it will likely be for your child as their feet mature and become rigid.

Two treatment options we offer that are particularly beneficial for pediatric flatfoot conditions are custom orthotic therapy and HyProCure. Both work to improve foot positioning–including providing support for foot arches–in different ways: 

  • Custom orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that correct foot position and motion externally (outside the body). They slide easily into your child’s shoes and can provide arch support your son or daughter isn’t receiving naturally.
  • HyProCure is an advanced treatment that adjusts foot structure with the help of a (completely safe and painless) titanium stent placed into a specific space between foot bones. This is done through a minimally invasive procedure, which means faster healing times and less pain for your child than “traditional” surgeries. 

Heel Pain Treatment Options

Fortunately, most conditions responsible for heel pain can be easily treated and corrected with a variety of conservative methods or minimally invasive surgical procedures. These include options like:

  • Physical Therapy. A proper stretching regimen–combined with RICE therapy–will go a long way towards resolving the issues responsible for your heel pain. When the connective tissues in the heel are kept limber, it also reduces your risk for a recurrent problem.

  • Orthotics. The custom orthotics Dr. Spitz prescribes correct the position of your feet so they move in a more natural manner. Adjusting the biomechanics (basically, “how your body parts move”) in your feet can relieve additional strain and physical stress from specific connective tissues. This may be an outstanding option for both treating and preventing heel pain.

  • Homeopathic Injections. When soft tissue inflammation is responsible for heel pain–as is often the case–Dr. Spitz may recommend a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation and provide the relief you are seeking.

  • HyProCure. While a pair of custom orthotics can adjust foot position externally, a more permanent solution is HyProCure. In this treatment, Dr. Spitz uses a minimally invasive procedure to insert a sterile titanium stent into a naturally occurring space between certain foot bones. This stent corrects positioning and encourages better motion. The procedure and device are completely safe (FDA-approved) and we have been able to help many patients with this advanced heel pain treatment option.

  • Heel Spur Surgery.

  • TenJet.

Heel pain is a frustrating condition, but you can see there is absolutely hope for you. Your custom treatment plan may incorporate any of the above elements–all with the ultimate goal of putting your pain in the past.

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