Time to Talk: When Is Foot Surgery an Option?

by | Jan 18, 2017 | Blog, General Foot Care

Foot surgery makes a lot of people nervous. They’re worried they’ll have to give up valuable time and sharply restrict their activities to recover. Most of the time it’s a totally unnecessary worry. The vast majority of foot issues can be treated using entirely conservative methods. However, there may come a point when surgery is necessary—and when it reaches that point, you need to know so your feet get exactly what they need.

When it’s the right time will depend on your unique feet. In general, surgical procedures are saved as “last resort” options when nothing else has worked. When you’ve exhausted all the noninvasive treatment methods and you still live with pain, you may need surgery to correct the underlying issue.

There are a couple of things to consider first:

  • How long you’ve had the problem – Have you had it a few weeks or several months? If it hasn’t been long, give conservative methods more time to work.
  • How acute your injury is – A serious injury like a broken bone or torn tendon may need surgery fast to reunite the broken ends to heal properly.
  • How much your mobility is affected – Pain from a chronic problem that limits how much you can walk may need a procedure.
  • What alternative treatments you’ve already tried – If you’ve already spent months trying every other option, then it’s probably time to consider foot surgery.

Other factors may come into play, including your general health and preexisting conditions that may affect your recovery. Ultimately, specialists like our team at Aadvanced Footcare Associates will examine your lower limbs and help you determine if surgery is an option for you, or if you still have noninvasive alternatives to try. If surgery is a good option for you, though, don’t worry about it! Our experts will walk you through every step, helping you get your mobility and independence back without pain.

If you’re living with chronic foot pain and wonder if surgery is for you, let our team of specialists help you decide. Contact our New York offices today for more information or to schedule a consultation. You can reach us online or by calling (718) 896-4433 for our Rego Park office, (516) 822-9595 for our Plainview office, or (718) 969-2266 for our Flushing office.

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