Ankle deformities can be caused by a range of factors such as injuries, birth defects or changes in foot structure over time. Certain medical conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and neuromuscular conditions can also cause severe foot and ankle deformities. This can ultimately lead to pain and difficulties in walking. In such cases, surgery may be the only option to correct the deformity and realign the ankle and bone structure.
Orthopedic surgeons typically perform ankle surgery, and the procedure usually involves realigning the existing deformity. During the surgery, various kinds of internal and external fixation devices are often needed to maintain the ankle in the appropriate alignment for proper healing. This can include the use of bone plates, screws, external frames or ankle-fusion/nail devices. The type of fixation used will depend on several factors including the extent and location of the deformity and the patient’s individual medical history.
The complexity, length, and severity of the ankle surgery may vary. However, many ankle surgeries are now conducted on a same-day, outpatient basis, meaning the patient usually goes home on the same day. Patients will need to arrange for someone to take them home and stay with them for the first 24 hours following the surgery. It’s also important to follow the post-operative instructions given by the surgeon for the best possible recovery.
The recovery time following ankle surgery can vary, and it’s important to take things slowly during the healing process. During the first few days after surgery, patients can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling, and will need to keep the ankle elevated as much as possible. Depending on the severity of the surgery, physical therapy may be necessary to regain full mobility and function of the ankle joint.
If you are experiencing pain or difficulties with your ankle, it’s essential to seek medical attention from a qualified medical professional, such as a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM is a certified podiatrist with years of experience in diagnosing and treating ankle conditions. If you are experiencing severe ankle deformity, pain, or discomfort, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huang to discuss your options and determine if surgery is right for you.
In conclusion, ankle surgery is a viable option to correct serious ankle deformities and pain. The procedure, although complex, can be performed as an outpatient surgery, and a full recovery can be achieved with proper care and attention to post-operative instructions. Seeking early medical attention from a qualified professional is important for the best possible outcome.