For the vast majority of all painful lower limb problems, noninvasive, conservative treatments are best. They correct whatever is causing the problem and enable the body to heal itself. This isn’t always enough, unfortunately. Sometimes there’s simply too much damage, or conservative methods don’t address the root of the problem. Some people’s feet and ankles simply don’t respond to the treatments. This is when surgery becomes an option.
There are many different types of foot and ankle surgeries to address the many different types of problems that can go wrong in your lower limbs. Even then, many of the surgeries have multiple ways they can be performed. Our experts at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC, will examine your foot carefully and help you determine which procedure you need as well as the best way to complete it.
Anything that opens the body, even a minor procedure, comes with some degree of risk. This includes the possibility of infection or the problem returning in the future. Our team will discuss all the risks with you and go over ways you can minimize the odds of developing complications from your surgery. We’ll also instruct you about your aftercare.
Taking care of your foot is extremely important for your recovery. Make sure you keep all incision areas clean and avoid weight-bearing if required. Take it easy and keep your foot up when you can to deal with swelling and inflammation. If you need physical therapy to rebuild strength, follow through with all of your exercises. This really is the best way to recover completely and not have lingering problems.
Surgery for the feet and ankles is a last resort for addressing your painful lower limb problems, but in some cases, it is your best choice for recovery. Sometimes, your feet won’t improve without directly repairing the damage. Our team at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC, will help you determine if surgery is the best step for you. Make an appointment online or call us today to discuss your options.