Foot Surgery Facts

If you are contemplating having foot surgery, here is some information that may be helpful.

 

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

When one or more of the following conditions exists, foot surgery may be necessary:

  • A deformity or structural issue needs to be corrected
  • You can no longer use your foot for everyday activities
  • You have extreme pain during regular foot use
  • Conservative treatments were ineffective

 

What Foot Problems are Treated With Surgery?

Common foot problems that haven’t responded well to conservative treatments may require surgery. These conditions include:

 

General Types of Foot Surgery

Specific operations may incorporate a variety of surgical techniques, and can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. They generally involve one or more of the following:

  • Incorporation of structural supports or devices
  • Bone removal or repositioning
  • Removal or repositioning of soft tissue (muscle, tendons, skin, and ligaments)

 

Recovery Methods

Aftercare plans specific to each person’s situation will incorporate a combination of elements and therapies. These will consist of:

  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Immobilization with a bandage, cast, or surgical boot
  • Foot exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Custom orthotic footwear may be recommended
  • Physical therapy regimen to bolster healing and recovery

 

Since every patient’s case is unique, it’s very important to discuss your foot problem with a podiatrist to determine if surgery is the best option.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).