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Foot and ankle surgery is only considered on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that determine whether or not you need surgery include the severity of your symptoms as well as your response to other conservative, non-invasive treatments.
A number of different foot and ankle conditions may benefit from surgery. Bunions, hammertoes, 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 benefit from the surgical remedy of your condition.
A consultation with your Physicians Footcare podiatrist is the best approach to prepare for surgery. He or she will ask about your overall health, discuss any possible changes in medication, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure so you can proceed with peace of mind. In some cases, you’ll have to refrain from eating and drinking a few hours before the procedure, so make sure you fully understand what must be done on your end beforehand.
As for recovery, again—this varies from case to case depending on your condition and the operation performed. Generally, we recommend plenty of rest, icing the affected area, compressing the wound, and keeping the lower leg elevated to reduce swelling. In some cases, your podiatrist may encourage you to use bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, orthotics, or a cane, depending on how much weight they believe your foot and ankle can bear.
If you or someone you know would like to know if surgery is the best option for your foot or ankle condition, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine you, provide a proper diagnosis, and discuss treatment options. Request your appointment now.
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