Foot & Ankle Surgery Q&A
What is foot surgery?
Foot surgery refers to any procedure that treats a foot problem. You rely on your feet for mobility, and any type of foot problem may cause pain that significantly interferes with your quality of life.
You may need foot surgery when conservative care fails to ease your pain. Many foot problems — like foot deformities — worsen over time and require surgery to improve foot health and function.
What is ankle surgery?
Ankle surgery refers to procedures that treat ankle conditions like arthritis, chronic ankle instability, and complex fractures. Similar to your feet, your ankles support your body weight when walking, standing, and climbing stairs.
Any ankle problem that fails to improve with conservative care may benefit from ankle surgery with the team at Prairie Garden Medical.
What are the types of foot surgery?
The highly skilled orthopedic team at Prairie Garden Medical performs many types of foot and ankle surgeries. Common procedures include:
A bunion is a foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of your big toe. It causes a painful bump on the inside of the foot at the joint. Bunion surgery corrects the deformity, easing pain.
Ankle fusion stabilizes the ankle joint, stopping painful movements caused by arthritis or chronic joint instability.
Hammertoe is a deformity that affects the joint in one or more of your toes, causing the joint to point upward. When a hammertoe becomes rigid, you may need hammertoe surgery to correct the deformity.
The Prairie Garden Medical team may perform tendon surgery to treat a ruptured Achilles tendon. The team may also perform tendon surgery on the foot or ankle to improve function.
What can I expect during recovery from foot surgery?
Recovery from foot and ankle surgery varies and depends on the type of procedure performed. The team at Prairie Garden Medical provides all of the information you need at your surgical consultation, so you know what to expect.
You may need to stay off your feet for a period of time during the healing process and then start physical therapy to restore strength and mobility.
When foot pain no longer responds to conservative care, it’s time to consider foot surgery. Call Prairie Garden Medical or schedule an appointment online today.