When Is the Right Time for Surgery?
Typically, if we’re talking about surgery, then we’re discussing it as a last-resort treatment after exploring other more conservative options. At Bay Podiatry Associates, we offer several types of foot surgery. Some are relatively quick and easy and they can be performed in our office. Others are more involved and must be performed in a hospital under anesthesia. No matter the operation, our goal is to treat you thoroughly and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Let’s talk about some common foot conditions and the surgeries they may require.
Bunions and Hammertoes
Bunions and hammertoes are unsightly deformities of the foot that can be quite painful. At first, we’d treat these conditions with custom orthotics to correct any muscle imbalance or abnormal gait. In severe cases, surgery would be performed with the goal of removing a bunion or realigning a hammertoe. Both of these operations will require you to take time off your feet before slowly reintroducing walking.
Achilles tendonitis is a simple inflammation of the tendon directly above your heel, and it can usually be treated with rest and physical therapy. It’s very important to take your tendonitis treatment seriously because the continued strain on an inflamed tendon could lead to a tear, which would require surgery. A torn Achilles tendon can be tied back together surgically and then further treated with several months of physical therapy.
This type of surgery is the most complicated and often takes the longest amount of time to fully recover from. If you were to fracture your foot or ankle, the goal of the reconstructive surgery would be to reset the bones to their original shape. This way, they will heal in a way that allows you to retain optimal use and function.
If you have questions or concerns about foot or ankle surgery, our board-certified podiatrist and surgeon Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, DPM will be happy to work with you on finding the best treatment possible. Surgery can be scary, but our friendly staff is ready to support you from beginning to end. Make an appointment at our office in Brooklyn, New York, today online or over the phone at (718) 266-1986.