Foot surgery usually is reserved for people in whom more conservative approaches have failed to provide long-term, meaningful relief of pain and other symptoms, or in cases of acute trauma or injury due to accidents. Many foot-related problems can be resolved with medication, therapy and custom orthotics, but when these approaches are not effective or when an injury is severe, surgery can be the best course of action to repair damage and provide adequate relief. A complete examination of the foot coupled with diagnostic imaging studies like x-ray will be used to ensure the best surgical approach. If a joint is injured, a minimally-invasive approach called arthroscopy may be used to evaluate the joint using a long, flexible instrument equipped with a tiny camera.
Foot surgery may be recommended for the treatment of:
Both traditional and minimally-invasive approaches are available, depending on the extent, type and location of the injury among other factors.
Following surgery, a cast usually will be applied to the foot to provide support during healing. Some surgeries may use bandages and splints instead of casting. Crutches or a cane will be used to help improve mobility while the foot heals. Physical therapy may also play a role in recovery, helping patients regain strength and flexibility not only in the surgical area but throughout the foot and ankle to speed healing and prevent future problems from developing. When joint surgery is performed, physical therapy and ongoing stretching exercises can help prevent the onset of arthritis. The length of recovery time will vary depending on the type and extent of the surgery, age, and other risk factors. Many patients benefit from custom orthotics following surgery to provide ongoing support and stability for the foot and the ankle.
At The Center for Foot Disorders, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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