When is Foot Surgery Necessary?
There are times when Dr. Harvey Danciger has patients whose foot conditions become severe enough that conservative treatments are no longer effective. To relieve pain and bring full health and function back to feet and/or ankles, surgery may be the best option.
There are many different kinds of foot surgeries. Some can be performed in our Palm Desert, CA office as an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. Others may need to be performed at a local hospital.
Types of Foot Surgery
Each foot condition and/or injury requires a specific kind of surgical intervention. Common types of foot surgery include:
Hammertoe Surgery – This involves realigning the toe joint and may involve fusing the toe joint or removing a part of the toe bone.
Tendon Surgery – Whether it is from a rupture injury or being too short, tendon surgery can be very effective in restoring function back to the foot.
Bunion Surgery – Bunions can vary in severity and the type of bunion surgery required will depend on the nature of your condition and which joints are involved. Each type of bunion surgery has its own recovery and healing process and timeframe.
Reconstructive Surgery – Certain diseases, conditions, injuries and deformities require reconstructive surgery to regain function again. This may involve a number of procedures including tissue repair, bone grafting, tendon repair, fusion of bone and using screws, pins and wires to fix bones in place.
Neuroma Surgery – This surgery is needed when nerves become enlarged and painful in the ball of the foot. Because this surgery involves removing nerve tissue, there is often some numbness in the foot afterwards.
Dr. Danciger meets with many patients who have lived with their foot pain for weeks, months and even years due to wanting to avoid surgery. Foot pain is not normal and leaving conditions untreated usually makes them worse and needing surgery when conservative measures probably would have been effective in the first place.
There have been many advances in surgical interventions making many surgeries less painful and with shortened recovery periods. Many surgeries can be done arthroscopically, involving small incisions high tech cameras and surgical equipment. Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive and often gets patients back to their daily routines in a very timely manner. It can be offered to people of all ages and is very effective with conditions such as fractures, arthritis, bone spurs and Achilles tendon injuries.
Dr. Danciger provides all of his patients with complete care from beginning to end starting with diagnosis and pre-operative care and staying with patients through the entire postoperative process. Often times, it is the postoperative process that makes a big difference in the success of the surgery. Many surgeries often involve a combination of the following:
- Immobilization after the procedure
- Use of bandages, splints, casts and surgical shoes
- Limited weight bearing
- Elevating and icing
- Postoperative exercises and physical therapy
If you have foot pain or a condition that is worsening, do not hesitate in seeking treatment at our podiatric office. If surgery is the best option, Dr. Danciger will provide superior care and you can be on your way back to full foot health again. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.