When it comes to receiving foot and ankle surgery, it’s typically a case-by-case situation. Some factors that play a role in whether or not you need surgery include the severity of your symptoms as well as your response to other conservative, noninvasive treatments.
Conditions That Can Be Treated by Our Foot and Ankle Surgeons
There are a number of different foot and ankle conditions that may benefit from surgery. Bunions, hammertoe, metatarsalgia, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendon disorders, Morton’s neuroma, tibialis posterior disorder, and plantar fasciitis are all conditions that may require surgery as a treatment option, depending on their severity. Long-lasting pain relief is typically the biggest takeaway from having surgery performed to remedy your condition.
How to Prepare for Your Surgery
In order to best prepare for surgery, make sure you have a surgical consultation appointment about your overall health, discuss any possible changes in medication, and ask any questions you may have about the procedure to go into the treatment with a clear head. In some cases, you may have to refrain from eating and drinking eight hours before the procedure, so make sure you understand what must be done on your end beforehand.
Foot and Ankle Surgery: The Recovery
As for recovery, again, this will typically vary case by case and will be dependent on your condition and the type of surgery performed. Generally, it’s recommended that you get plenty of rest, ice the affected area, compress the wound to aid in reducing swelling, and keep the area elevated. In some cases, your podiatrist may encourage you to use bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, orthotics, or a knee scooter, depending on how much weight they believe your foot and ankle can bear.
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If you’d like to determine whether surgery is the best option for you and your foot condition, consult with us and we will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and aid you with your decision.