Do You Need Foot And Ankle Surgery?

Did you know that most people log 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they are 50? For some people, all of this wear and tear can cause severe pain in the foot and ankle, requiring surgery. So how can you tell if you would benefit from surgery? John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, a board certified podiatrist with Westchester Health, offers this information.

Signs that you may need foot and/or ankle surgery

  • Arthritis

    John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS

  • Chronic foot and ankle pain
  • Constant heel pain
  • Pain with motion
  • Pain that causes you to limp
  • Bunion: an enlargement of the bone and tissue around the joint of the big toe
  • Hammertoe: a contracture of the toe(s), frequently caused by an imbalance in the tendon or joints of the toe
  • Bone spur: an overgrowth of bone as a result of pressure, trauma or stress of a ligament or tendon
  • Blisters
  • Corns
  • Neuroma: enlargement of a nerve segment, commonly found between the 3rd and 4th toes
  • Pain that flares up with vigorous activity
  • Tenderness when pressure is applied to the joint
  • Joint swelling, warmth and redness
  • Increased pain and swelling in the morning, or after sitting or resting
  • Difficulty in walking due to any of the above symptoms

Most common types of foot and ankle surgery

  • Ankle arthroscopy/arthroscopic surgery
  • Bunion surgery (bunionectomy)
  • Hammer toe surgery

How you can benefit from foot and ankle surgery

  • Ability to walk, stand and run without pain
  • Correction of deformity
  • Improved quality of life, ability to return to normal activities
  • Increased gait stability
  • Increased mobility and movement
  • Reduced foot and ankle pain
  • Return to competitive sports

Think you might need foot and ankle surgery?

Your feet and ankles should not be hurting you. If they are and you’re wondering if maybe you need surgery, or if you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, please call (914) 232-1919 to come see me at one of my Westchester Health offices. I’ll examine your heels, ankles and feet, evaluate your condition, and together with you, determine the best course of treatment (possibly surgery) to alleviate and hopefully, eliminate your pain. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

By John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, board certified podiatrist with Westchester Health, member of Northwell Health Physician Partners

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