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About foot surgery

Is foot surgery necessary?

Many foot problems do not respond to conservative management. Your podiatrist can determine when surgical intervention can be helpful. Often when pain or deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort and to restore the function of your foot.

Many different types of foot surgery including soft tissue, bone surgery, as well as a combination of soft tissue and bone surgery.

Operative testing and care

As with anyone preparing for any surgical procedure, those undergoing foot or ankle surgery require specific tests or evaluations before surgery to ensure the likelihood of a successful surgical outcome. Prior to surgery, your podiatrist will review your medical history and conditions. Specific diseases, illnesses, allergies and current medications will be evaluated. Other tests to help evaluate your health status may be required prior to surgery, including blood tests, urine analysis, EKG, x-rays, blood flow studies and biomechanical examinations.

Postoperative care

The type of surgery performed determines the length and kind of after-care required to ensure 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, elevation. Bandages, splints, postoperative shoes, casts, crutches or canes may be necessary to improve and ensure a safe recovery after foot surgery. Your surgeon will also determine if and when you can bear weight on the foot after the operation. A satisfactory recovery will be hastened by carefully following instructions from your podiatrist.  

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