Conditions like bunions, hammertoe, and plantar fasciitis may require foot surgery in severe cases. At Basin Podiatry in Odessa, Texas, board-certified podiatrist Hillary Brunner, DPM, offers both conservative care and specialized foot surgeries to correct painful and disabling problems. To schedule your consultation, call the office or click on the online booking tool today.
What conditions does foot surgery treat?
Foot surgery is a treatment option for serious or complex foot problems. Some of the problems treated include:
- Achilles tendon disorders like ruptures
- Morton’s neuroma: nerve tissue growth in the ball of the foot
- Bunions: foot deformity causing a big bump at the base of the big toe
- Hammertoe: abnormal joint bending in the middle of a toe
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction: damage in the tendon that supports the foot arch
- Plantar fasciitis: inflammation and tearing of the ligament on the bottom of the foot
Some ankle conditions, such as severe osteoarthritis in the ankle joint, may also require surgery.
When should I consider foot surgery?
At Basin Podiatry, Dr. Brunner uses minimally invasive techniques for most foot surgeries, which means smaller incisions, less pain, and less downtime.
Nonetheless, having foot surgery is a major decision. Dr. Brunner takes the time to discuss your symptoms, diagnosis, and her personalized recommendations to help you make a decision regarding foot surgery.
In general, you might be a good candidate for foot surgery if you have chronic foot pain and function issues, like difficulty walking or standing for long periods.
Foot surgery is typically best suited for people who don’t respond to conservative care or those who have a foot deformity that’s not correctable with nonsurgical techniques. The largest advantage of foot surgery is the long-lasting pain relief. Though many other treatments can ease pain temporarily, surgery may be the only way to truly solve the problem at the root of your pain or function issues.
How do I prepare for foot surgery?
Before your foot surgery, Dr. Brunner explains the procedure and answers any questions you may have. With this information, you can approach foot surgery with confidence and make informed decisions.
Dr. Brunner reviews your medications with you at your pre-surgery appointment. You may need to make temporary adjustments to your medications.
You might also need to fast (no food or water) for several hours ahead of the procedure if you’re having anesthesia and sedation.
What is foot surgery recovery like?
Recovery involves rest, physical therapy, and sometimes, wearing a cast, splint, or brace. Most foot surgeries today have relatively short recovery periods with a gradual return to your regular activities.
If you’re interested in discussing foot surgery, call the Basin Podiatry office or click on the online booking tool today.