When painful foot conditions that have you sidelined don’t respond to conservative treatment options, surgery may be necessary for full recovery. The podiatrists and surgeons of AFACC always work to conserve first and only suggest surgery as absolutely necessary. If surgery is required, you can rest assured that the skilled podiatrists of AFACC have the experience and understanding necessary to help.
To learn what options are best for you, find the AFACC podiatry clinic nearest you or fill out the appointment form to the left. For more information on foot surgery and when it’s necessary read below.
When Is Foot Surgery Necessary?
Many foot problems do not respond to “conservative” management. Your podiatric physician can determine when surgical intervention may be helpful. Often when pain or deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot. Below are some of the conditions that may require surgery for correction:
Bunions & Bunionettes
These common foot deformities are enlargements of bone and tissue around the joint of either the big or little toes, and can make walking uncomfortable or difficult without surgical correction.
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This overgrowth of bone, caused by pressure, trauma, or reactive stress of a ligament or tendon, can cause severe pain and even restrict joint movement.
Preoperative Testing and Foot Care
As with anyone facing any surgical procedure, those undergoing foot and ankle surgery require specific tests or examinations before surgery to improve a successful surgical outcome. Prior to surgery, your podiatrist will review your medical history and medical conditions. Specific diseases, illnesses, allergies, and current medications need to be evaluated. Other tests that help evaluate your health status may be ordered by the podiatric physician, such as blood studies, urinalysis, EKG, X-rays, a blood flow study (to better evaluate the circulatory status of the foot/legs), and a biomechanical examination. A consultation with another medical specialist may be advised by a podiatric physician, depending on your test results or a specific medical condition.
Postoperative Foot Care
The type of foot surgery performed determines the length and kind of aftercare required to assure that your recovery from surgery is rapid and uneventful. The basics of all postoperative care involve to some degree each of the following: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, or canes may be necessary to improve and ensure a safe recovery after foot surgery. A satisfactory recovery can be hastened by carefully following instructions from your podiatric physician.
Your Feet Aren’t Supposed to Hurt
Remember that foot pain is not normal. Healthy, pain-free feet are a key to your independence. At the first sign of pain, or any noticeable changes in your feet, seek professional podiatric medical care. Your feet must last a lifetime, and most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. Regular foot care can make sure your feet are up to the task. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.
For more information about foot surgery or to have your foot issues assessed, contact us today to schedule an appointment at the AFACC clinic nearest you.