Sometimes podiatrists get cases where a disease or condition is very severe. These severe cases can sometimes need surgery. There are many types of surgeries available to people with foot and ankle problems, but surgery is not always the first answer. Usually, surgery occurs only after all other treatment options have been exhausted or when the patient has an infection, trauma, or condition that is too severe for a typical approach. In other circumstances, patients with deformities may request surgery for cosmetic purposes. There are many options available to a patient and podiatrist alike.
Types of Foot surgery
Ingrown Toenail Surgery- sometimes a podiatrist will encounter a patient who has a toenail that has grown into the flesh of the toe. This is called an ingrown toenail and it can cause pain and infection if not treated promptly. The surgery that is sometimes used to correct the nail is known as a matrixectomy.
Bunion Surgery – sometimes bunions can be treated without surgery, but other times it is unavoidable. If the bunion is affecting someone’s daily life and activities, and the pain and stiffness of the joint is too great, it is likely that it will need to be treated with surgery. The type of bunion surgery can vary depending on the patient’s age, activity level and the degree of the deformity caused by the bunion. Recovery time can take up to four weeks.
Ankle Arthroscopy- this type of surgery is used when a podiatrist and surgeon need to look at the ankle joint with a microscopic camera. They can then use this technique to help alleviate inflammation from arthritis and ligament damage. This type of surgery has a reduced recovery time and smaller incision.
These three types of surgery are just a small window into the world of podiatry. There are many other surgeries available for the feet and ankles. Before considering surgery, patients should always explore non-surgical options with their podiatrist. There can be a lot of benefits for surgery but there is also a lot of risk.
Considering surgery on your foot or ankle? Want a second opinion? Bring them in to see Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area of Florida. After a thorough examination, Dr. Kales will determine whether or not surgery is right for you. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is important to us.