Have you tried various conservative treatment options and found little or no relief? In some cases, this can mean surgery is necessary to get back to a pain-free lifestyle. We understand that undergoing surgery isn't ideal, but our team of experts is committed to ensuring the best possible results for your unique health needs. Read on to learn more about our surgical services at Martin Foot and Ankle.
When is Surgery Necessary?
Surgery may be the way to go if managing pain through non-surgical methods is not successful. Typically, we recommend conservative options such as physical therapy, orthotics, or injections before considering surgery. However, if a patient is not finding pain relief with these methods or has a deformity that is progressing, surgery is often the next step towards recovery. Some injuries and conditions do not respond to non-surgical methods and can worsen if not treated properly. For instance, foot pain may become increasingly more painful and hinder mobility the longer it is left untreated.
What Are Some Common Lower Limb Injuries That Require Surgery?
Some of the most common foot and ankle issues that we provide surgical treatment for include:
- Fractures: A complicated fracture may need to be held together with pins or metal plates.
- Sprains: Ruptured ligaments sometimes require surgery. If the torn tissue is not fixed correctly, the ankle will remain chronically painful and unstable.
- Ruptured or Torn Tendons: Conservative methods can be helpful in the process of repairing torn connective tissues, but tendon surgery is commonly used as the best option for recovery. Surgery can reconnect the ruptured parts of the tissue to allow them to heal back together correctly.
- Bunions: Anti-inflammatory medications are typically used to relieve joint pain as a result of inflammation. In the case of a severe bunion, surgery is the only way to resolve the deformity completely.
We offer both inpatient and outpatient procedures depending on severity.
Post-Operative Care and Tips
If surgery is determined to be necessary, our staff will thoroughly explain the details of the procedure and provide instructions for post-surgical care before your procedure. Most surgeries require immobilization for proper healing and require a splint, bandage, cast, or surgical shoe. Care after surgery can include avoiding putting weight on the foot, elevating the foot, or icing the area. Additionally, physical therapy may be recommended after a few weeks of recovery.
Why Choose Martin Foot & Ankle?
Our knowledgeable foot and ankle surgeons are committed to providing exceptional care. We understand how lower limb pain can negatively impact your quality of life, and we're dedicated to doing everything we can to get you back to your desired lifestyle. Many of our doctors are Board Certified and specialize in advanced surgical techniques. Our team will ensure that you feel comfortable and fully prepared for your procedure, and we're more than happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have beforehand.
We understand surgery can be unnerving, and we take great care in only recommending it for the best possible outcome. If you're suffering from chronic pain that hasn't responded to conservative treatments, then surgery might be the next step. Give us a call today at (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment for a surgical evaluation.