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? Read this recent blog by John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, a board certified podiatrist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group.

Signs that you may need foot and/or ankle surgery

  • Arthritis
  • 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 toeViscovich1.png
  • 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

If you have foot and ankle pain, contact one of our specialists

Your feet and ankles should not be hurting you. If they are and you’re wondering if you need surgery, please make an appointment with one of our specialists in our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group. They will examine your condition and together with you, decide the best course of treatment for you. With proper detection, intervention and medical care (sometimes requiring surgery but not always), most foot and ankle problems can be highly improved and even prevented.

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To read Dr. Viscovich’s blog in full, click here.

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