Foot and ankle surgeries, when performed at the right time for certain types of foot conditions, can greatly improve mobility and quality of life. But how do you know when is the right time to have foot or ankle surgery?
Here are some indications that it might be time for foot or ankle surgery:
Failure of Conservative Treatments:
Nonsurgical treatments that should be part of the first line of treatment include rest, pain medications, physical therapy, activity modifications, and the use of orthotics/assistive devices. However, if these conservative modalities do not relieve symptoms or allow you to perform the activities you enjoy; it may be time to undergo surgery.
Development of Foot Deformities:
The development bony lumps called bunions at the side of the foot near the base of the big toe cause deformity or bending of the big toe towards the small toes (hallux valgus) resulting in pain. Bunion correction or hallux valgus surgery may be performed as an outpatient procedure allowing you to return home on the same day so you can recover in the comfort of your home.
Major Tears or Ruptures of Foot and Ankle Tendons:
Minor tears of foot tendons may heal without invasive treatment measures, but large tears or complete ruptures may necessitate surgical reattachment of the tendon to bone. The surgery can usually be performed using minimally invasive techniques.
Displaced Fractures of Foot and Ankle:
Small or nondisplaced fractures may heal with casting alone, but if there is significant displacement of the fractured ends of foot or ankle bones, surgical re-alignment of the bone may be required.
Some arthritic conditions result in the formation of bone spurs and inflamed tissue. These can be treated with arthroscopic debridement performed through 2-3 keyhole incisions. In case of end-stage arthritis, joint fusion or joint replacement surgery may be indicated.
Visit Dr. Bryant Ho for an in-depth evaluation and treatment recommendation of your foot or ankle condition today.
Dr. Ho is a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist who places a strong emphasis on customizing his care for each patient to ensure successful outcomes. He provides all treatment options including preventative care, conservative management and operative intervention. Call (630) 323-6116 to book your appointment.