Dr. Amy Barko

Custom AFO: Expectation vs Reality

By Dr. Amy Barko / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Custom AFO: Expectation vs Reality

AFO stands for “ankle-foot orthosis” and can be the difference-maker in many patients lives. While some patients have never considered AFO bracing before, others have done some research and come up with more questions than answers. For example, some people expect that the brace is going to be extremely bulky and obvious. That’s not generally the…

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MIS vs Traditional Foot Surgery

By Dr. Amy Barko / August 24, 2018 / Comments Off on MIS vs Traditional Foot Surgery

MIS stands for minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery means that the incision is done through a site that is less than an inch with very few stitches (if any). Most patients with foot pain for things like bunionettes, bunions, hammertoes, etc. prefer this type of surgery due to the ease of getting back to…

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What is HyProCure Surgery for Flat Feet?

By Dr. Amy Barko / July 9, 2018 / Comments Off on What is HyProCure Surgery for Flat Feet?

If you’ve heard the radio ads, HyProCure surgery sounds like a magic fix for flat-footed patients. For many patients the results ARE magical, the before and afters are stunning, and the change in lifestyle is significant. So Why Doesn’t Everyone Do It? There are several diagnosis that work for this type of surgery. HyProCure is…

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Do I Need Plantar Plate Surgery?

By Dr. Amy Barko / June 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Do I Need Plantar Plate Surgery?

A plantar plate tear means that you have damaged a strong ligament on the ball of the foot that supports and provides stability to the toe. This ligament prevents your toe from over-extending. The tear can technically be on any of the toes, but it’s many times found on the second toe. This injury is…

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Why Are My Legs Swelling?

By Dr. Amy Barko / April 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Why Are My Legs Swelling?

Lower limb edema can happen for many reasons. It can also happen to just one leg. What are the main reasons that our legs will swell? Venous insufficiency – leaky venous system of our legs Positional – a job where you sit or stand for many hours, traveling Lymphedema – can happen after surgery or…

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Can I Wear A Walker, Cast, or Brace While Driving?

By Dr. Amy Barko / March 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Can I Wear A Walker, Cast, or Brace While Driving?

  Are you confused about the new medical equipment your doctor has prescribed to you? We get questions about these devices all the time! Here is some information that will help your medical device be the most effective as possible. 1. Pneumatic walker: This device is very protective, but also very large and quite cumbersome.…

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Drop Foot and How Bracing Can Help

By Dr. Amy Barko / February 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Drop Foot and How Bracing Can Help

  Do you suffer from drop foot? Drop foot is not a medical condition in itself, but a symptom of a cluster of different issues. It is a general problem lifting the front of the foot; thus, if you suffer from drop foot, your leg may drag behind you as you walk. It is a…

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