Foot surgery and alternatives in the Aiken, SC 2980, Beaufort, SC 29902, Cayce, SC 29033, Columbia, SC 29204 and 29203, Florence, SC 29501, Hartsville, SC 29550, Hinesville, GA 31313, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, Newberry, SC 29108, North Charleston, SC 29418, Orangeburg, SC 29115, Savannah, GA 31405, Summerville, SC 29486, Sumter, SC 29150, and Charleston, SC 29414 areas

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.

Foot and Ankle Surgery (FAQs)

What foot or ankle conditions require surgery? 
There are a variety of foot and ankle conditions that may require surgery, or for which surgery may be a treatment option. These include fractures, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon injuries, and Morton’s neuroma. Unless the problem is very severe or an emergency, your podiatrist will usually try less invasive treatment measures first, before recommending surgery. 
What can I expect during a foot or ankle surgery?
What you can expect during surgery varies based on the type of surgery that you have. Many procedures, such as bunion removal, are outpatient. This means that, barring any complications, you will get to go home the day of your surgery. Many surgeries will use either local or general anesthesia so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. To learn more about what to expect during your specific surgery, you should speak with your podiatrist before the procedure. 
What can I expect after a foot and ankle surgery? 
Following surgery, you may experience pain, bleeding, swelling, or drowsiness depending on the type of procedure that you had. These are all temporary and will improve with time and proper care. You may need to wear a cast, splint, boot, or other device on the affected leg and use a mobility aid to get around while you recover. Often, the doctor will recommend resting the affected leg while you heal. For more information about what to expect during recovery from your specific surgery, you should speak with your podiatrist. 
How long does it take to recover from a foot or ankle surgery? 
Recovery time varies based on the type of surgery you have. For some procedures, such as plantar fasciitis surgeries, the recovery time can be as short as several weeks. For others, like ankle joint replacement, recovery may take up to a year. Following your doctor’s orders closely can ensure that you recover as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

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