Find Answers to Your Questions About Foot Care and Injury Prevention
Our Palm Desert podiatry team fields questions daily. Do you have a question about how to manage your foot pain? Do you have a question about the safety of a current footwear fad? Do you want to know more about foot and ankle injury prevention? If so, we hope you find the answers you need here.
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What is Minimal Incision Surgery?
Many people these days are concerned about how big a scar they will have after surgery. They want the smallest incision possible and for them it doesn’t matter what type of surgery it is.
Minimal Incision Surgery, often abbreviated as MIS, and can be applied to certain surgeries on the foot and toes. This is when a very small incision is made, sometimes as small as ¼ to ½ inches long, and using special instruments the surgery can be performed. Some types of procedures are able to be done by this method on the foot and toes and this may enable you to recover more quickly. This can mean getting back into your shoes quicker and may enable you to return to your normal activities quicker.
How can I prepare for foot surgery?
Preparing for foot surgery starts with knowing what to expect. Learn what your procedure entails, how long it might take to recover, and what medications and devices you will need to aid in your recovery.
You should make arrangements with a loved one to get you to and from your surgery, as well as help you at home. It’s a good idea to stock up on supplies beforehand, and even make meals and freeze them for later. Prepare an area for rest with everything you need nearby – books, television remote, phone, snacks and drinks, medication, pillow and blanket, etc. You may also want to reorganize your bathroom so that moving around and bathing is easier post-surgery.
Be sure to schedule follow-up and physical therapy appointments ahead of time, too, and ask any questions you might have regarding your aftercare instructions. It’s important to be clear on what you need to do in order to heal properly.
A little preparation will go a long way toward a stress-free and efficient recovery!
For more tips and information on preparing for foot surgery, visit us online or call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.
Should I do anything to prepare my feet for foot surgery?
Careful preparation in the days before foot surgery can help make the aftercare process go more smoothly for you, aiding in the speed and fullness of healing and reducing risk of setbacks—not to mention making your life a little easier and more comfortable!
Each surgery is different—you won’t necessarily prepare for each in the same way—and we’ll always make sure you’re fully aware of your responsibilities and instructions. That said, some general tips include:
- Arranging for friends or family to stay with you or be available to assist with daily tasks in the first few days or weeks after your surgery.
- Making sure your living area is clean and obstacle free.
- Moving essential items (such as food, clothing, kitchen or bathroom supplies) to places where they’ll be easier to access.
- Avoiding medications or substances that can impair healing, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, birth control, nicotine, or alcohol.
We’ll, of course, share a more specific list with you at your appointment, which you can schedule today by calling 760-568-0108.
How long does it take to recover from neuroma surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are no “hard and fast” timetables for recovery—it always depends on a wide variety of factors, including the severity of your initial condition, the type of surgery performed, your overall health, your ability to follow post-operative instructions faithfully, and more.
That said, we can offer some general guidelines for neuroma surgery recovery. After the procedure you’ll need to wear a protective boot until you’re healthy enough to walk on your own; this period lasts from about 2 weeks to 1 month in most cases. You should be back in your own shoes soon (if not immediately) after that, usually no more than 6 weeks after the initial surgery. Minor swelling may last a bit longer.
While no one likes being off their feet for a few days or weeks, neuroma surgery often gives people the best chance to eliminate chronic pain and go back to living a normal, pain-free life. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA, contact us online or give us a call at 760-568-0108.
Will the screws, wires, pins or plates set off the alarm airport security?
Many patients ask me, during their discussion of surgery, if the screws, wires, pins or plates that will be used during their surgery will set off the alarm at the airports. This has not happened yet and should not be a problem. If, during a heightened security alert, this did happen, you would be able to show and explain why this caused the alarm to be triggered. They would then inspect your surgical site with their hand wand. You can also get a note from the Doctor before traveling explaining that you had surgery and do have surgical hardware in your foot.
If you are contemplating surgery on your foot, give Harvey R. Danciger, DPM located in the Coachella Valley of California a call or schedule an appointment from our website.
Do I need foot surgery for heel pain and a spur?
It is rare that surgery is needed for pain associated with plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. 95% or more of the people get relief with conservative care which may include night splints, laser treatments, insoles, icing, and change in shoes, stretching, orthotic devices, or rarely an injection.
Heel pain and a spur on the back the calcaneous (heel) may require surgery if conservative care does not afford the patient relief or symptoms.
How invasive is the average foot surgery?
When conservative treatment options either stop helping or are just not enough to bring full health back to a foot or ankle, surgical intervention often becomes necessary. The type and nature of the foot surgery depends on the severity of the condition or injury. At our podiatric office in Palm Desert, CA we strive to make each and every surgery as minimally invasive as possible.
A hammertoe surgery, for example, may simply involve realigning the toe or fusing the toe joint together. A bunion surgery may be a bit more invasive if the protruding bone needs to be shaved down and the entire big toe joint realigned. Surgery for an acute injury such as a ruptured tendon could be much more complicated, as the tendon needs to be carefully repaired. Each case is different, and the surgery process will vary depending on the severity of the problem.
If you require surgery, it is nothing to fear. Dr. Danciger will choose the appropriate method and guide you through the process every step of the way.
Contact our office at (760) 568-0108 if you have been suffering with a foot problem and would like more information on surgical treatment options.