Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

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Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine
Dr. Thomas LeBeau, here to help YOU!

Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Although Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a highly skilled surgeon, he has been successfully helping patients recover from foot or ankle problems using conservative, nonsurgical methods for years. After helping thousands of patients overcome pain and lost function, he knows that surgery isn’t always the best solution.

However, in those cases where surgery is the only solution, he uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to shorten recovery time and reduce or eliminate complications. Whatever foot and ankle condition you have, rest assured that Dr. Thomas LeBeau offers the latest cosmetic and corrective care.

The right approach to help you get the right results.

Helping you achieve a fast, hassle-free recovery is Dr. Thomas LeBeau’s highest priority. That’s why St. Augustine Foot and Ankle provides state-of-the-art equipment such diagnostic ultrasound, computer-generated foot and ankle orthotics and comprehensive physical therapy services to support his conservative approach to podiatric care. Computer-generated orthotics are thin and lightweight and may eliminate the need for surgery.

Podiatric care that puts you first.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle, in St. Augustine, Florida your concerns matter. You are Dr. LeBeau’s main focus. He wants you to have proper treatment so you can go back to doing what you love most in life. Dr. LeBeau is a good listener — he’ll hear you out, helping you make smart choices about your foot and ankle health. He’ll take the time to explain all the treatment options available to you for any foot or ankle condition.

Conveniences for a more positive care experience.

  • Most insurance accepted and filed for you
  • Visa and MasterCard accepted
  • CareCredit® financing available
  • One of the few Medicaid providers in the area
  • Handicapped-accessible
  • Free parking
  • Easy-to-find location
  • Friendly, professional staff

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your diabetic foot care and keep your feet healthy and functioning. If you are a diabetic please  give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Bunion Surgery

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Bunion Surgery

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Bunion surgery consists of an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone in that joint. The surgery is performed to help with pain and properly align the joint. In some cases, small wires, screws, and/or plates will be used to restructure the joint. Where bunion surgery is a common surgery, there is no guarantee that the surgery will fully relieve pain.

 What to expect during surgery:

  • An anesthetic that affects only the foot is commonly used for bunion surgery and a sedative may be used to relax the patient or put them into a sleep state.
  • A small incision will be made at the big toe joint.
  • The joint will be repaired sometimes using wires, screws, and/or plates.
  • The incision is sealed.
  • Bunion surgery usually takes an hour or more, depending on the type of surgery.
  • This is an outpatient surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery:

It may take as many as 6 months to recovery after bunion surgery depending on the amount of soft tissue and bone affected. Complete healing may take as long as 1 year. Average recovery times fall in the 3 month range.

  • When showering or bathing, the foot must be kept covered keeping the wound dry.
  • Stitches are removed after 7 to 21 days.
  • Pins are usually removed in 3 to 4 weeks but in some cases they are left in place for up to 6 weeks. Pins will stick out of the foot.
  • Regular shoes can sometimes be worn in about 4 to 8 weeks depending on the invasiveness of the surgery. In some cases, it can be 3 to 4 months before you can wear regular shoes.
  • No weight can be put on the foot immediately following surgery. Then there several weeks of partial weight-bearing with the foot in a special shoe or boot to keep the bones and soft tissues steady as they heal.

How Well Bunion Surgery Works:

After recovery, your ability to walk and do other activities is likely to improve from pre-procedural states. The big toe joint is generally less painful and may be more mobile. As stated earlier, however, total relief of pain is not a guarantee. Lastly, since the toe joint has essentially been rebuilt, the toe may look more normal than before.

 As with all surgeries, there are many risks to consider including infection, medicinal side effects, recurrence of the bunion, and continued pain. This repaired toe joint may also become more susceptible to arthritis.

 Alternatives to Bunion Surgery:

If the bunion is diagnosed early enough there may be alternatives to surgery like physical therapy, corrective devices, and lifestyle planning that can help. The key is early detection. Once a bunion has progressed past a certain point surgery becomes almost certain.

 With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help with your bunions and get you back to your regular activity. If you suspect you have a bunion or are feeling pain in your ankle or foot of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Orthotics for your foot problems

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We can solve many of your foot problems with custom orthotics.

Orthotics to correct your foot problems

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Do you come home from work with your feet burning with pain? This pain could be caused by a variety of different reasons, such as flat feet, but can be relieved with the help of custom orthotics. Flat foot is a very common foot disorder that causes people to not have arches on the sole of their feet. Without this arch the weight of the body is distributed in a different way that can put too much pressure in one area and can cause pain. Feeling foot pain after an intense gym session or a long day of work may seem normal but it could be a sign of bigger foot problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis or nerve damage. This is where the use of orthotics comes in. Orthotic shoe inserts are inserts that you place in your shoe that will help get rid of the pain in your feet and improve your body’s posture. There are three Orthotics used, rigid orthotics, soft orthotics and semi-rigid orthotics. The rigid orthotic inserts are made out of more firm material that helps control your foot function. Soft orthotic inserts are made of cushioning material to absorb to improve balance and relieve pressure on the soles of your feet. Semi-rigid orthotic inserts are more commonly used to improve foot balance and are made of both soft and rigid material.

While you can buy over-the-counter orthotics, they are not as efficient as custom made orthotics. The custom orthotic inserts are made specifically for your feet to best treat the pain that you are feeling. While custom orthotics cost a little more than other over-the-counter options, they are molded exactly to your feet to best relieve your feet pain. The orthotics may take some time getting used to but you will feel less pressure on your feet right away. Orthotics will help alleviate the pain that you feel in your feet as well as certain disorders, such as flat feet.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle Center we can diagnose you feet conditions and find the best way to treat it. Whether you suffer from a bunion or have flat feet and need orthotics make sure to get in touch with us so that we can get you back on your feet. You can reach us by phone at (904) 824-0869 or email at info@StAugustinefoot.com or on our website http://www.staugustinefoot.com/contact-us 

Bunions: What to Expect

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Here to help you with your bunions!
Here to help you with your bunions!

 

Bunions: What to Expect

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

 

A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone and support tissue move out of place. This forces the big toe to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump on the inside foot.

Bunion — from the Latin “bunion,” meaning enlargement — can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion.” Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down — not the bunion. Other causes of bunions are foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders and congenital deformities.

You may get bunions if:

  • The way your foot is shaped puts too much pressure on your big toe joint. Because bunions can run in families, some experts believe that the inherited shape of the foot makes some people more likely to get them.
  • Your foot rolls inward too much when you walk. A moderate amount of inward roll, or pronation, is normal. But damage and injury can happen with too much pronation.
  • You have flat feet.
  • You often wear shoes that are too tight.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle, we will ask questions about your past health and carefully examine your toe and joint. Some of the questions might be: When did the bunions start? What activities or shoes make your bunions worse? Do any other joints hurt? We will examine your toe and joint and check range of motion. This is done while you are sitting and while you are standing so that we may see the toe and joint at rest and while bearing weight

X-rays are often used to check for bone problems or to rule out other causes of pain and swelling. An MRI may be ordered if there is a suspicion of soft tissue damage. Other tests, such as blood tests are sometimes done to check for other problems that can cause joint pain and swelling. These problems might include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or joint infection.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help with your bunions and get you back to your regular activity. If you suspect you have a bunion or are feeling pain in your ankle or foot of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Some of the information above was found at www.WebMD.com