Foot & Ankle Surgery

What conditions might require foot and ankle surgery?

Surgery may be necessary for a variety of conditions, including severe fractures, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon disorders, and deformities that do not respond to conservative treatment.

What are the different types of foot and ankle surgery?

  • Bunionectomy: Surgery to correct bunion deformities.
  • Arthrodesis: Joint fusion surgery for arthritis or deformities.
  • Arthroscopy: Minimally invasive surgery to diagnose and treat joint problems.
  • Osteotomy: Bone cutting to realign the bones of the foot or ankle.
  • Tendon repair: Surgery to repair damaged or torn tendons.
  • Ligament repair/reconstruction: Surgery to repair or reconstruct ligaments for stability.

Foot & Ankle Surgery FAQ

Preparation can include stopping certain medications, arranging for help during recovery, preparing your home for reduced mobility, and, in some cases, pre-surgical physical therapy. Consulting with a professional is essential to know exactly how to prepare.

Recovery varies by type of surgery and individual but generally includes a period of rest, immobilization, and limited weight-bearing, followed by physical therapy to restore strength, flexibility, and function.

Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions closely, including care for your surgical site, activity restrictions, and attending all follow-up appointments and physical therapy sessions.

The timeline for returning to normal activities varies widely depending on the surgery and individual healing progress. Your surgeon will provide a personalized timeline based on your specific situation.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.