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foot surgery

Foot and ankle surgery may be performed depending on the severity of the injury. In any case, if you happen to develop a foot condition, it’s always advised you seek the counsel of a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan. If you notice an abnormal growth, a change in the appearance of your foot or ankle, discomfort while standing or walking, or general foot pain, it would be in your best interest to seek professional help, especially if surgery is the recommended treatment for your case.

Podiatrists perform foot and ankle surgery to treat a number of different conditions. These may include bunions, heel pain, flat feet, arthritis of the foot or ankle, sports injuries, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, complications due to diabetes, and fractures, to name a few. Again, the need for surgery is dependent upon the type of injury you are experiencing, as well as its severity. This also means that the recovery process for surgery will vary as well. With that being said, most podiatrists will recommend you get plenty of rest, stay off your feet, ice the affected area to reduce swelling, and elevate the affected area.

If you believe you have a foot or ankle injury that may require surgery, it’s highly recommended that you speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible to go over the best treatment option for your condition.

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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