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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 effective 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.
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.