If having a bunion is affecting your everyday activities, surgery may be a viable treatment option. The level of pain is generally lessened when the big toe is straightened, and recovery from surgery may involve wearing a surgical shoe for a few weeks. A permanently bent toe, known as hammertoe, can also be helped by surgery. The procedure removes the deformed joint between the toes, thus increasing flexibility. If the joint lining becomes inflamed, which can occur in certain forms of arthritis, surgery may be suggested to make the foot feel more comfortable. Another form of foot surgery is having an ankle fusion performed, in which case the ankle joint is removed and your foot is fused to your leg. Recovery generally involves wearing a cast for 6-12 weeks depending upon the severity of the surgery. It’s likely that normal shoes may be worn after the recovery, and the foot will feel more comfortable.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Foot Surgery