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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

Are your foot symptoms bad enough to warrant surgical interventions?Foot Surgery, Ankle Surgery

Have you been trying every treatment possible to help manage your foot problem? Are you not experiencing the relief you thought you would even after months of dedicated care? Are your foot or ankle problems affecting your day-to-day activities? If you said, “yes” to these questions, then it might be time to consider getting foot or ankle surgery. While surgery is often the last thing someone wants to think about it, here are some reasons why it might be needed.

What are the most common types of foot surgeries?

You might be surprised to learn about all the seemingly common conditions that could benefit from surgery. While these conditions don’t always warrant this kind of aggressive treatment, there are some cases in which it will. Here are some of the most common foot surgeries to consider:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis (of the foot and/or ankle)
  • Ankle replacement
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles tendon rupture or injury
  • Tibialis posterior dysfunction

Why is surgery needed?

Most people with these issues above won’t require surgery to get a handle on their symptoms. Whether you do actually need to get foot surgery will really depend on several factors such as:

  • The severity of the pain
  • How long you’ve been experiencing pain
  • Whether or not you are responding to treatments
  • Your quality of life
  • Your personal needs

What are the advantages of foot surgery?

For those patients not finding relief through non-surgical methods, you may find that getting surgery could provide you with all the benefits you were hoping for including:

  • Reduced or completely eliminated pain
  • Improved mobility, function, and range-of-motion
  • The ability to wear shoes without discomfort or irritation
  • Improvement in the shape and appearance of your feet

Sometimes surgery is able to provide the quality of life that other nonsurgical options just can’t. You can always talk to your podiatric specialist to learn more about the treatments that are right for you.

Having Diabetes means battling many different problems on a regular basis. People who are diagnosed with diabetes often have to watch their weight, nutrition and even the health of their feet. When they undergo special procedures such as tests or surgeries, they are at a higher risk for complications. It can be very scary to undergo surgery when suffering from diabetes. People with diabetes also tend to heal at a slower pace than those without the condition. Diabetes can have a drastic impact on the overall health of your body and how it handles small to major traumas. The effect of diabetes is so significant that many prominent researchers have begun to study the disease and how it relates to podiatry and its procedures.

A recent study from Duke University Medical Center shows that people with diabetes actually have a significantly higher risk for complications during surgeries and overall higher costs from those surgeries due to those complications. On average, patients with diabetes who had to undergo an ankle surgery experienced one additional hospitalization day than a person who did not suffer from diabetes. They also needed more specialized care from staff at the hospital.

This study allowed podiatrists and ankle surgeons everywhere to better understand the risk of surgery for those with diabetes as well as allow them to improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes who have to undergo ankle surgery. The case had 169,598 ankle fracture patients. Of those patients, 9,174 had diabetes. These patients with diabetes tended to have more severe fractures than those without diabetes. These patients also struggled with the surgery itself and the recovery process after the surgery.

Due to this study, the university was able to provide podiatrists with new information so that they can take more precautions when preparing a person with diabetes for ankle surgery. It also allows them to create a more comprehensive recovery plan as they noted that those with diabetes took longer to recover.

Do you have an ankle fracture and also suffer from diabetes? Want to get the best care possible? Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure. 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Foot surgery is the final remedy for the different kinds of pain in the foot and ankle that are caused by bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis, just to name a few.  These problems of the foot can cause severe pain in some patients, and relief can often be found through alternative treatments. In extreme cases, these alternative treatments won’t be effective, resulting in the need for foot surgery.  Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your ailments.

Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgeries fall into two major categories:

  • Head procedures that treat the big toe joint
  • Base procedures concentrate on the bone near or behind the big toe joint. 

Most bunion surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis at a surgical center or hospital.  It is important to set aside an entire day for your surgery, even though you may be in the facility for only half a day.  Bunion surgery is usually performed with a local anesthetic and it can be combined with a sedation medication to put you into a “twilight” sleep so that you are fully relaxed for the procedure.  

After surgery, patients are often given a long-acting anesthetic and pain medication, which is why someone else must drive you home.  The type of procedure you have will determine the degree to which you can put weight on the foot immediately after the surgery.  Some patients may have to use crutches, while others may be sent home wearing a surgical shoe.  

During the first week after surgery, you will need to keep your foot elevated as much as possible. Ice packs should also be applied for the first three to four days to reduce swelling. Limited walking is often required over the first two weeks to promote healing.  Your podiatrist may also instruct you on some basic exercises that need to be performed daily.

Ankle Surgery

Ankle surgery may be required to correct a serious deformity of the ankle and its bone structure. Injury, birth defects, or changes throughout the course of life are the usual culprits. Disease, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and neuromuscular conditions, may cause severe foot and ankle deformities that, over time, cause pain and difficulty walking. Surgeries of the ankle emphasize the realignment of the structure either around or after removal of the deformity.

Various kinds of internal and external fixation devices are often required to maintain the appropriate alignment during, and beyond the healing process.   Varying in complexity, and severity, many ankle surgeries are conducted on a same-day, outpatient basis.  Patients need to arrange for another person to take them home after surgery and to stay with them for the first 24 hours following the surgery.  Post-operative instructions provided by your podiatrist will give you the information needed to care for your recovering ankle following surgery.  

When foot problems occur, your feet deserve your full attention and the care of your podiatrist.  Foot surgery can often be avoided with conservative treatments, but if your foot pain is excessive foot surgery may be the best solution.  Contact your podiatrist in today for further consultation and treatment of your foot ailments.