Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery
What is reconstructive foot and ankle surgery?
We are on our feet daily, so life can change quickly if a foot or ankle injury occurs. A debilitating condition affect the way we live our lives at home and at the workplace. Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery is often performed when conservative treatments aren’t successful in addressing foot and ankle ailments. Many people think that this type of surgery is just performed to heal broken bones, or for cosmetic purposes, however this is not the case. The feet are very intricate, containing webs of ligaments, tissues and tendons that are all connected to the bones. The two main objectives of reconstructive surgery are:
- Reducing pain
- Restoring function
Do I need reconstructive surgery?
These procedures are specific to the patient. The podiatrists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates will thoroughly review your medical history, and the conservative care you have received in the past. If you are suffering from pain resulting from an accident, walking, sports injuries, a birth defect, disease, ineffective surgery, arthritis or another foot deformity or wound, you may be a candidate for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
What types of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery are used by podiatrists?
The type of surgery performed depends on how severe your condition has become. Any part of the foot could be involved in the surgery, including your bones, tendons, tissues, joints or skin. Your podiatrist may use pins, plates, wires and screws to help heal your foot or ankle.
What foot and ankle conditions can be corrected with reconstructive surgery?
Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery can correct many different foot and ankle problems:
- Bunions – bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe joint where it attaches to the foot
- Flat feet – arches that have not developed correctly and are flattened or lowered
- Arthritis – pain within the joints of your feet and ankles caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis
- Ankle fractures – a break in one of more of the bones in the foot
- Tendonitis – inflammation of the Achilles tendon caused by frequent physical activity
- Diabetic foot problems – neuropathy, calluses, ulcers or poor circulation
- Webbed toes – two or more toes that are fused together
- Neuromas – a benign tumor caused by a pinched nerve in the foot
How do I recover from reconstructive surgery?
After your surgery, you will be advised to take precautions in order to assure that your foot or ankle heals properly. You will need plenty of rest and icing will help to minimize swelling. Your podiatrist may also require that you wear orthopedic or surgical shoes. Crutches and casts or bandages may also be utilized to help you heal properly. Also, never put weight on a foot that isn’t completely healed! Following your specific after-care plan will ensure a full recovery from reconstructive surgery.
Have you tried everything to get rid of your foot or ankle pain? Do you believe reconstructive foot or ankle surgery could help? Give one of Aadvanced Foot Care Associate’s New York offices a call, or schedule an appointment online. You deserve to walk through life pain-free!