Foot and ankle problems can greatly impact a person’s life, making walking and standing difficult if not impossible. When non-invasive treatments such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation do not provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain or deformities, you may be interested in general surgery information.
Foot and ankle surgeries are usually performed by either podiatric surgeons or orthopedic surgeons specializing in the foot and ankle. These surgeries can address a wide range of foot problems. Sprains and fractures, arthritis and joint disease, benign and malignant tumors, birth deformities, bunions, calluses and warts, corns and hammertoes, flatfeet, heel or toe spurs, and neuromas are some of the many issues foot surgeries can address.
Many foot and ankle surgeries can now be performed in the doctor’s office or at a surgical center. Outpatient procedures reduce the cost and time associated with hospital stays but may require a period of immobilization. Most foot surgeries require protective devices like bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, or open sandals, which need to be worn for some time post-surgery. Limited weight-bearing, elevation, and icing of the foot or ankle are typically required for the first two weeks following surgery until sutures are removed. Patients will be asked to exercise their foot or legs and may require additional therapy, orthotic devices, and special footwear to aid in the healing and recovery process.
Dr. Gilbert Huang DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon, is an expert in foot and ankle care. He specializes in ankle surgery, arthritis surgery, bunion surgery, corn removal, cyst removal, flatfoot correction, heel surgery, metatarsal surgery, nerve surgery (neuroma), and toe surgery, to name a few.
In conclusion, if you are experiencing foot or ankle pain or have a deformity, surgical intervention may be necessary. Consult with a board-certified podiatric or orthopedic surgeon to determine the best course of treatment for you. Dr. Gilbert Huang DPM is a foot and ankle expert that can provide you with the best surgical care.