Potential Foot Surgeries
When it is the recommended course of action, the actual procedure performed will depend on an array of factors, including the condition or injury in need of treatment. Some foot problems that may be corrected with surgical intervention include:
- Bunions. This is both a common and progressive toe deformity a patient might develop. When your big toe is misaligned and points inwards, it creates a bump on the inner edge of your foot. This can cause tremendous pain, discomfort, and make your life miserable. If conservative care doesn’t provide enough relief and improve the situation, we will likely recommend a surgical procedure.
- Hammertoes. This particular toe deformity is typically marked by an abnormal bend in the middle joint of the second toe, which forces the top part of the toe to point downwards. There are cases of hammertoe which are successfully treated with nonsurgical methods, but a toe that has become set in the abnormal position will likely need a tendon to be altered surgically. Should it be necessary, there may be a need to remove some bone tissue – which can allow the affected toe to return to a normal, straight positioning.
- Bone fractures. In many cases, treatment for a broken bone is a matter of making sure the broken ends are lined up properly and stabilized for natural healing processes. Some types of breaks, however, are a bit more complicated than that. When there are multiple bone fragments or the ends of a broken bone are not lined up correctly, our doctors may need to use surgery to put everything in its proper place.
- Charcot foot. This deformity is one of the major lower limb concerns that can result from a diabetic condition. Impaired blood flow and damaged nerves can weaken bones, make them more susceptible to fractures, and leave you unaware problems have developed. Normal usage leads to further deformity and ultimately the need for reconstructive surgery (when the problem is caught early enough to avoid amputation).
- Flatfoot. If you have flexible flatfoot, or a child has pediatric flatfoot, there is not likely any need for surgical reconstruction, but a rigid condition causing difficulty and pain with your daily activities may benefit from surgery.
Preparing for Foot Surgery
Some of the considerations you need to keep in mind when preparing for foot surgery include:
- Schedule time off from work. You will need time both for your procedure and the recovery process, so make sure you let your employer know. As we discuss your surgery together, we can let you know what you should expect timewise.
- Follow instructions about when to eat (or not) before surgery. This will be dictated by whether or not anesthesia is going to be used, and what kind is administered.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing. Comfortable clothing isn’t always the most stylish, but you will be glad you opted for loose-fitting clothes when you put them back on over the surgical site.
- Arrange a ride home. Both anesthesia and the affected foot itself are reasons you will likely need someone else to drive you to and from the procedure.
- Make plans for child care. If you have children living at home, especially younger ones, you may need to ask your spouse or family members to help with child care. You will need to spend time resting during recovery and your mobility may be limited, so chasing kids around is out of the question.