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Podiatric Surgery & Therapy
Foot and Lower-leg Surgeries and Therapies

Pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles can make it difficult for you to stand, walk, and complete many other activities essential to daily life. Thankfully, podiatric medicine provides various treatment methods to alleviate this pain.

Reasons for procedures

There are numerous issues that can lead to surgical treatment or other therapeutic procedures for the feet and ankles, including: 

  • Achilles tendinitis. 
  • Arthritis. 
  • Bone fracture.
  • Bunions. 
  • Cysts. 
  • Fungal infections, including athlete's foot. 
  • Gout.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Neuropathy. 
  • Plantar fasciitis. 
  • Tear of Achilles tendon. 
  • Toe and foot deformities. 
  • Various diseases.

Types of corrective treatments

Depending on the specific issue, there are several surgical procedures and non-surgical therapies to treat disorders of the feet and lower legs.

Surgery

Surgical procedures will depend on the specific problem; however, some general surgeries for the feet and ankles include: 

  • Arthroscopy (diagnostic tool and treatment method to see inside joints). 
  • Bone fusion. 
  • Open-reduction fracture setting.
  • Surgical removal (i.e. of bunions, cysts, nail, etc.). 
  • Tendon repair.

Non-surgical treatments

Like surgical procedures, there are numerous non-surgical therapies that can be used to treat problems with feet and ankles. These treatments will vary based on the condition; some common therapies include: 

  • Anti-inflammatory medication. 
  • Change in footwear. 
  • Closed-reduction fracture setting. 
  • Cryotherapy (wart removal). 
  • Drainage or needle aspiration.
  • Heat and cold treatments. 
  • Oral medication. 
  • Orthotics. 
  • Physical therapy. 
  • Protective pads. 
  • Shoe modifications. 
  • Steroid injections. 
  • Topical medication.

Post-treatment/recovery information

Some foot and ankle treatments, especially non-surgical therapies, have little or no recovery time. More invasive treatments will require a longer recovery period. Depending on the extent treatment needed, following the procedure a patient may be required to: 

  • Complete physical therapy. 
  • Follow the R.I.C.E. therapy method of rest, ice, compress, elevate. 
  • Keep foot/ankle elevated.
  • Use crutches.

Because treatment methods vary so greatly, it is important for you to visit a skilled podiatrist to determine the most effective procedure or therapy for your foot or ankle problem. Contact us today for a consult.


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