Many foot problems do not respond to “conservative” management. Your podiatrist can determine when surgical intervention may be helpful.
Often when pain or deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot.
Before Your Surgery
As with anyone preparing for any surgical procedure, those undergoing foot and ankle surgery require specific tests or examinations before surgery to improve a successful surgical outcome.
- Prior to surgery, the podiatrist will review your medical history and medical conditions.
- Specific diseases, illnesses, allergies, and current medications need to be evaluated.
- Other tests that help evaluate your health status may be ordered by your podiatrist, such as blood studies, urinalysis, EKG, X-rays, a blood flow study (to better evaluate the circulatory status of the foot and legs), and a biomechanical examination.
- A consultation with another medical specialist may be advised by a podiatrist, depending on your test results or a specific medical condition.
After Your Surgery
The type of foot surgery performed determines the length and kind of aftercare required to assure that your recovery from surgery is rapid and uneventful. The basics of all postoperative care involve to some degree each of the following: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, or canes may be necessary to improve and ensure a safe recovery after foot surgery. Your podiatric surgeon will also determine if and when you can bear weight on your foot after the operation.
A satisfactory recovery can be hastened by carefully following instructions from your podiatrist.