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How Flatfoot Surgical Correction Can Result in Podiatric Malpractice

At The Law Firm of Lawrence M. Karam, P.C., we focus predominantly on podiatric malpractice, including negligence that occurs in flatfoot surgical procedures. If you have had such a procedure in New York and are now suffering a serious injury traceable to your podiatrist’s mishandling of your case, contact podiatry malpractice lawyer Larry Karam to have your situation evaluated by a highly capable professional. 

Larry has decades of experience in podiatry malpractice and is well-prepared to fight for your right to just compensation if your podiatrist has caused you harm by deviating from the accepted norms of practice (the definition of medical malpractice). Your initial consultation will cost you nothing and if you become our client, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until he recovers damages. 

Causes and Symptoms of Flat Feet

It is estimated that more than a quarter of the U.S. population has flat feet. In most cases flat feet are congenital, but in some they are the result of [1] an injury to a tendon, ligament or bone [2] a health condition like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes or [3] pregnancy, obesity or aging. For most people with flat feet, the condition does not cause any problems, but for some, having flat feet can result in a range of symptoms, including:

  • Foot pain in the arches and heels
  • Difficulty standing on the toes
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles
  • Back and/or foot pain

Treatments for Flat Feet

When patients’ normal activities are negatively impacted by their flat feet, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Rest
  • Applying ice packs
  • Stretching exercises
  • Pain medication 
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Orthopedic footwear
  • Physical therapy

In more severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend a surgical correction. This opens up the possibility that, without proper preparation for and execution of the surgery, something may go terribly wrong. 

Types of Surgeries to Correct Flat Feet

There are several procedures used to make flat feet more functional. Some involve fusion of bones in your feet or ankle; others involve cutting and reshaping bones, removing spurs, implanting surgical hardware, transferring tendons, or even grafting bones. Because each foot is a complex structure with 26 bones, there is more than a little room for error.

Possible Complications of Flatfoot Surgical Correction

An unfortunate number of complications may arise due to podiatric malpractice during flatfoot surgical corrections, including infection, blood clots, nerve or blood vessel damage, excessive bleeding, anesthesia-related problems, failure of bones or wounds to heal properly, and severe allergic reactions. 

Our talented podiatry malpractice attorney will work hard to gather evidence, interview witnesses, check pertinent medical records, and consult with experts in the field to create a winning strategy to prove that your podiatrist deviated from normal podiatric standards by:

existing conditions or allergies

  • Making a surgical error or using the wrong surgical procedure
  • Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage
  • Failing to administer anesthesia safely
  • Failing to provide you with proper aftercare instructions
  • Failing to provide appropriate postsurgical care

Contact the Right Podiatry Malpractice Attorney Today

If you have experienced a serious injury due to your podiatrist’s negligence, Larry Karam will be a valuable asset. He has spent decades successfully fighting for meaningful damages for clients like you. 

Beyond his legal knowledge and skill, he provides the advantage of having studied various aspects of podiatry and being able to understand podiatric terms and procedures in order to communicate with specialists and experts. Contact him now so he can begin fighting vigorously for the surgical damages you deserve.

About the Author
Of all the different areas in medical malpractice, it is podiatry malpractice that has had a particular interest to me. With 42 years practicing law and representing hundreds of victims of malpractice, I have created a law practice in which my clients are comfortable knowing that their case is being handled with my personal attention, in the most professional manner, and without unreasonable delays.