Frequently Asked Questions About HyProCure® | Nagy Footcare

Frequently Asked Questions About HyProCure®

What is HyProCure® and do I need it?

HyProCure® is specifically designed to fix misaligned feet ‐ a condition where the ankle bone slides off the heel bone. The two biggest symptoms of this condition are hyper pronation (where your feet roll inwards) and flat feet.

Some of the more obvious effects of misaligned feet show up with various common foot problems and related problems throughout your body. These can include:

  • Flat Feet
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Arch and or Heel Pain)
  • Knee, hip, back and neck pain

While different factors can contribute to these conditions, the underlying cause is misaligned feet. Treating the underlying cause can bring relief and prevent further complications.

Do I need HyProCure® even though I don’t have any symptoms?

If a deformity is present, the sooner it is treated the less damage will occur. You don’t want to wait for pain. At that point there may be irreversible damage.

How does the HyProCure® procedure work?

The HyProCure® technique is minimally invasive and is used to realign and restore balance to the foot. A small incision is made during the procedure that allows the podiatrist to place a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bones.

The stent acts as a stabilizer that allows for full range of motion of the foot while protecting the ankle bone from damage. Implanting the stent reduces abnormal movement of the foot, reducing pain and discomfort. As the person walks or runs, the stent allows pressure from the weight of the body to be dispersed around the stent. This restores how weight is transferred throughout the foot, allowing for improved range of motion and much less foot pain.

Is the HyProCure® procedure covered by my insurance?

The HyProCure® procedure may be covered by your insurance plan. Nagy Footcare accepts a variety of HMOs, PPOs, and other health plans. Please call our office to verify acceptance of your insurance carrier.

Find out why many insurance carriers report the HyProCure® Procedure as “Experimental & Investigational.”

Is there drilling or screwing involved?

There is no drilling or screwing involved with the HyProCure® procedure. A small incision is made in the skin above the sinus tarsi and the stent simply slides into the natural space inside the foot. The threads on the stent are only to allow for the scar tissue to form around the grooves and lock the device in place during the normal healing process.

Are there any limitations, as far as sports go, after the procedure?

Once the tissues surrounding the stent are healed, there should be no limitation. The abnormal motion is no longer present and normal motion will occur. Usually, there is a significant improvement in running, jumping - any activity involving propulsion from the foot.

What is the recovery like after the procedure?

You should be able to gently step on your foot immediately following the procedure, but it’s important to use extreme caution. In most cases, patients walk out of the office after the procedure, but doctors recommend resting the ankle for at least 3 to 5 days and then gradually begin to include more activity as the joint begins to feel better.

Many patients will be tempted to overdo it in the beginning and start exercising the foot too rapidly. The tissues will be almost fully healed after 4 to 6 weeks. This is also about the time patients are walking normally and gradually increasing their activity levels.

If HyProCure® is performed on a child, does it have to be replaced later in life?

The short answer is likely no, but this is not a guarantee. Normally, once the stent is inserted into the foot it never has to be changed. The bones will continue to grow peripherally around the stent.

Are there any risks of having the HyProCure® procedure?

Any surgical procedure has its own risks. The good news with HyProCure® is that any potential risks are short-term and self-resolving.

Some possible risks may include:

  • Sprained ankle syndrome
  • Displacement of the implant, in which case further surgery would need to take place to correct or remove it if necessary
  • Under or over correction due to falling in-between stent sizes
  • Inability to correct the issue that is actually being caused by other foot problems that need to be addressed
  • Prolonged pain after the first few months due to the tissues not adapting
  • Infection

What are the chances of having an allergic reaction to the HyProCure® implant?

Titanium is the choice material used in the body since it is the least reactive. HyProCure® is made entirely of medical grade titanium.

Do I need HyProCure® even if I have a mild case of Hyperpronation?

If you have symptoms and other forms of conservative therapy, including orthotics, haven’t been able to provide you with relief, then this procedure would be helpful.

Will I feel HyProCure® in my foot?

As long as the implant does not displace, you should not be able to feel HyProCure® after the procedure. Sometimes for the first few months a hard substance may be felt in the area of the surgery. This is scar tissue and should dissipate after several months, if present at all.

If I get HyProCure® will there be a visible scar?

The incision is less than an inch long and slender and this part of the skin heals remarkably well. With time, the scar should become virtually invisible, in most cases.

Will HyProCure® get rid of all of the pains in my body?

No one can completely predict the outcome of any surgical procedure, but this solution will improve your entire body’s alignment, and in many cases, it will even fully correct it, provided there are no other skeletal defects in other parts of the body. As a consequence, reduction and relief of many pains caused by the foot imbalance will also be reduced or eliminated. However, it is possible that some of the joints and soft tissues in the body may have already suffered irreversible wear and tear, and in those cases, other treatments or procedures might be necessary. In either case, correcting the root of the problem is still essential to stop any further damage and to allow for any additional therapies (if necessary) to be long-lasting.

Will I still have to wear my orthotics after getting the HyProCure® procedure?

If the orthotics were dispensed to treat hyperpronation then you will no longer need them. However, there are other reasons for orthotics to be worn. Orthotics can be used to off-weight prominent areas to the bottom of the foot. If those areas are not surgically addressed, then orthotics may still be required after the procedure.

How long has the HyProCure® procedure been available to the general public?

HyProCure® is a well‐researched, innovative product that has provided a lasting solution for many people. HyProCure® is both FDA and CE cleared and has been used in over 50,000 procedures globally since 2004.

Am I too old or too young for HyProCure®?

The HyProCure® procedure is being performed all over the world, in nearly 50 countries, in patients as young as 3 and as old as 96. Because everyone’s feet are different, we recommend coming in for a consultation.

When is the best time to get HyProCure®?

The best time to get treated for your foot pain is now, even if it’s mild and seems to go away with icing, different shoes, massage, padding or other temporary fixes. These will stop working eventually and by that time your foot problems have only gotten worse. Most people only choose to consult a podiatrist when the pain lasts, but the earlier the better.

[Source: Atlas Foot Alignment Institute]