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Decision Time: Is Foot Surgery Right for You?

New Orleans is something of a crossroads. People, cultures, religions, and more meet and mingle here. The city isn’t just a symbolic crossroads, either. In the past, it was a gateway for travel on the Mississippi River. A crossroads is an interesting place because you have to make decisions about which way to go next, both literally on actual roads, as well as symbolically with decisions about things like getting foot surgery. Surgical intervention on your feet is a big step that is only meant for feet that really need it. That, of course, leads to the all-important question: when do you need surgery?

Sometimes surgery for foot pain really is the best treatment option. It all depends on your condition and whether or not other methods have helped at all. It is, however, considered a last resort. The process of opening up the foot, realigning structures, repairing tissues, and even removing things is quite serious. There’s a risk for serious infections and complications.

Even though foot surgery should never be taken lightly, it can be useful and appropriate if you really need it. There are a few criteria for determining if surgery would help you. Invasive procedures are reserved for foot conditions that aren’t responding to normal, conservative care. That means you’ve spent time and energy using noninvasive treatments to try to address the problem, but they haven’t helped. You continue to experience pain in your lower limbs related to your condition. In some cases, you lose some mobility and foot function.

Although you typically have to wait a while to see if other treatments will correct the problem, occasionally you might need foot surgery right away to correct a traumatic injury or to remove a cancerous growth. Some broken bones won’t knit back together if they aren’t surgically realigned and held together with pins. Ruptured tendons or ligaments might not heal without a procedure, either.

In the end, you’ll need to work with foot experts when you come to this crossroads and have to decide about surgery. Our team at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC can help you make an informed decision about the best path for your health—and then help you every step of the way, no matter the direction. Contact our Metairie, LA, office for more information or a consultation today. Use the website or call (504) 708-4810.

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