While many foot and ankle conditions can be treated without surgery, when the problem is severe or has been left untreated surgery may be required. The most common issues which will require surgery of some sort include:
When a surgical procedure is referred to as minimally invasive it means that the surgeon can accomplish the results with a very small incision or no incision. The surgeon will perform the procedures in such as way which will cause little to no trauma to the affected area and patient. This can include utilizing tool such as endoscopes, laparoscopes, or lasers. These types of procedures require less recovery time, involve less bleeding, minimal amounts of anesthesia, minimal scarring, and less pain. These types of procedures are often preferred by doctors and patients alike.
The type of foot surgery performed will determine how long the recovery time will be and what kind of aftercare will be required. Aftercare is important because it ensures that the recovery from surgery will be rapid and uneventful. The postoperative care will usually involve resting, icing, applying compression, and elevating the affected foot or ankle to some degree. Bandages, crutches, surgical shoes, splints, casts, or canes may be required after the procedure in order to improve and ensure a safe recovery. The podiatric surgeon will also inform patients if and when they will be able to bear weight on the foot after the operation. It is important to follow all the instructions given by the doctor. If you are suffering from foot pain or are concerned that you may need surgery to address a particular issue, contact the office to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our expertly trained podiatrists.