When it comes to treating foot and ankle conditions, there is always a clear preference: conservative methods whenever possible.
What do we mean by this? If a simpler, non-invasive treatment is likely to provide the results we are looking for, we will take that option. When we seek effect treatments, that includes providing as little inconvenience to the patient as possible.
Sometimes, however, conservative treatments just don’t provide those needed results, or it is clear from the start they would be ineffective. In these cases, surgery may become a consideration.
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The primary goal of surgery is to provide needed relief from pain and/or restoration of mobility—or, in other words, to address matters that can interfere with a patient’s daily life when other methods won’t work.
Surgery tends to be used as a “last resort” because it is, in itself, a form of trauma inflicted upon the body. It is a very controlled and very determined trauma with an ultimately beneficial goal, but it is still inflicting a form of harm, nonetheless. This factor must be considered before moving forward with a procedure.
What Types of Surgery May Be Performed?
We are experts in a number of different procedures. Many can be performed in-office, while some might need to be conducted in a surgical center or hospital.
Conditions that sometimes require surgery include:
- Ingrown toenails (when a case is particularly severe or keeps coming back).
- Bunions, hammertoes, and other toe deformities.
- Flat feet.
- Heel spurs.
- Sprains and fractures.
- Plantar warts
Surgical procedures can range from simple matters with fast recovery and little interference with daily activities, to more complicated undertakings that involve immobilization and protection over the recovery period. For procedures with extended recovery time, physical therapy may be recommended to regain strength and mobility in the area.
If surgery is on the table, we will fully discuss all available options with you, as well as what you may expect before, during, and after a procedure. We want to ensure your decision to undergo surgery is made with complete confidence.
Do you have questions about surgery or other treatments for foot and ankle conditions? Give either of our offices a call at (609) 924-8333 for Princeton or (908) 687-5757 for Roselle Park. You can also contact us electronically by filling out our online contact form.