Types of Foot & Ankle Surgery
Many foot & ankle injuries can require surgery. Our physicians offer surgical options geared toward minimally invasive and microscopic foot & ankle surgery to allow for quicker recovery. If you have Plantar fasciitis, ankle fractures, stress fractures, hammer toe, neuroma, bunions as well as other foot & ankle injuries, we can help you!
Foot & Ankle Surgery – When You Should Consider It
Foot & ankle surgery is not for everyone or every injury. For instance, strains and sprains don’t need surgery unless ligaments need to be surgically stabilized. Alternative methods, such as injections, therapy, and medications can help with many issues such as pain and inflammation that many minor injuries will respond to. You may need to consider surgery if you have a serious injury (broken ankle, Achilles tendon rupture) or alternative methods aren’t working. Before making a decision, it is always best to first see your doctor or specialist and figure out what is best for you.
Common reasons why you may want to consider surgery
-Achilles tendon rupture
– Stress fractures
– Neuroma (lump caused by thickened nerves)
Foot & Ankle Surgery Alternatives
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can be used as an alternative and a supplement to surgery. For patients who undergo a surgery for something such as ankle fracture, it is used as a supplement to build the muscles and increase range of motion for the foot/ankle area. Some patients try physical therapy first as an alternative to surgery to built up the foot/ankle area in the hopes that it may improve ailments such as plantar fasciitis or a strained ankle.
Steroid Injections – Steroid injections are used to help reduce swelling thus alleviating stiffness and pain for problems such as sprained ankles, arthritis, swollen tendons in foot & ankle.
Medication – Anti-inflammatory medicine can be very helpful for any problem in the ankle or foot that is causing a great deal of swelling and pain.
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