When do you have to have foot surgery?

When do you have to have foot surgery?

“Almost all foot conditions have a non-operative treatment path, and surgery is only for those that can’t get better without it,” says Andy Gerken, M.D., a foot and ankle specialist with Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California. Sure, every once in a while, surgery is the only option, like if you rupture your Achilles tendon and need it repaired.

Which is worse, bunions or foot surgery?

If you’re a runner and you’ve noticed your feet look more like mangled claws than feet these days, you’ve probably considered foot surgery. But which is worse: the pain of walking each day on bunions and hammertoes or the pain of surgery?

When do you walk out of the hospital after foot surgery?

Most patients walk (or hobble) out of the hospital just hours after their surgery, sporting a lovely surgical boot, says Archer. During surgery, the foot is usually numbed, but the patient stays awake.

Why does my foot feel swollen after surgery?

Ultimately, the cells and fluid help the area heal. But in the meantime, it can make your foot seem extra-large. Surgery on your leg, ankle, or foot also causes swelling. Your doctor will likely recommend that after the procedure, you control the swelling by elevating your feet, icing the area]

Are there any complications after a foot operation?

Complications can occur following any foot operation. The common complications to all foot operations have been outlined below. However, there are specific complications to each individual procedure and anyone considering foot surgery should ensure they are aware of these before undergoing surgery.

When to return to the doctor after foot surgery?

You generally return to the doctor for a follow-up visit about 8-14 days after surgery. After the surgery, your foot will be wrapped up in a large, bulky splint or soft dressing to protect the foot and ankle.

Do you have to keep your foot off the ground during foot surgery?

To help protect the surgery you are having done, sometimes Dr. Miller will want you to keep the operated foot off the ground at all times. This is called non-weight bearing and means you cannot put any weight at all on the operated foot, until Dr. Miller says that it is safe to do so.

What do you need to know about foot surgery?

To find out, we talked to top foot docs about what surgery for common foot woes (such as bunions, hammertoes, nerve enlargement, tendon rupture, and heel pain) entails, as well as possible complications and if it’s really worth it to see a surgeon. Here are five things every woman with aching feet should know: