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When is Corrective Foot Surgery Needed?

Some foot problems can be corrected with conservative treatments such as braces or a cast, but then there are the problems that can only be resolved with surgery. It’s important to understand how your doctor will decide if surgery is necessary, and the general guidelines for a successful recovery.

Guidelines for Determining if Foot Surgery is Necessary

Every doctor will have different ideas about your foot condition and how it should be treated, but the ultimate decision is yours to make. There are a few signs that will help you determine if corrective foot surgery in Rancho Santa Margarita is the best option. These signs include:

  • Chronic pain, especially in the ankle or heel
  • Pain when you move your foot
  • Pain severe enough to make you limp
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling, warmth, redness, and tenderness to the touch at any of your joints
  • Pain that is worse in the morning, or any time after you’ve been resting
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Other Foot Conditions

The above list is a good indicator that you may need corrective foot surgery. However, you may also need corrective foot surgery if you have corns, bunions, a bone spur, or a condition called hammertoe. Surgery isn’t always needed, but it’s very important to know your treatment options. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or any of the conditions mentioned here, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us to educate you on your best treatment options. If surgery is needed, Dr. Salma Aziz, Dr. Petrina Yokay, and Dr. Jessica Arneson are all foot and ankle surgeons in the Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach area who can skillfully and expertly treat you. 

Foot Surgery for Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Although surgery cannot cure arthritis, it can repair the damaged joint and restore some function. The type of arthritis and the joints that it affects will determine the type of surgery to be done, which can include:

  • Synovectomy: In this procedure, the surgeon removes most of the synovium that has grown abnormally large and has produced an overabundance of fluid. This fluid eats at the cartilage in your joints, causing the cartilage to erode and bones to rub against each other. Removing the synovium provides relief, but the condition may come back at a later time.
  • Arthroplasty: This procedure is a joint replacement, but is not used on the ankle very often. An arthrodesis is when the joint is fused together, but this procedure is usually only used as a last resort.
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Corrective Foot Sugery at Foot & Ankle Specialty Group 

Your feet are the foundation of your entire body — and when they hurt or aren’t functioning properly, it affects both your physical and mental wellbeing. If pain is preventing you from enjoying activities you once enjoyed such as sports, corrective foot surgery can help you get back to those activities. Pain is also mentally draining and can lead to fear, anxiety, and depression. Correcting the problem and reducing the pain can provide mental relief as well as physical relief. We at Foot & Ankle Specialty Group are a team of foot and ankle surgeons serving the Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach area. In practice since 2001, we proudly help individuals, families, and athletes of all ages get back to their activities and life. 

Recovery from Corrective Foot Surgery

Your recovery after corrective foot surgery in Newport Beach is affected by many factors, including the type of surgery that was performed, your general health, and the extent of the disability that was corrected. In general, however, your recovery will depend on how well prepared you were. If you know that you’ll have to be off your feet for a period of time, you should spend some time before surgery arranging time off work, making childcare arrangements, and asking for housekeeping help. The more you can rest your foot, the faster you’ll recover.

How to Care for Yourself at Home

Make sure you follow all recommendations from your surgeon, whether it’s applying ice every few hours, elevating your foot, or taking pain medication. You will probably have a follow-up appointment within a week or two after surgery to check on your progress and remove stitches or staples that were used. One of the best things you can do to recover from your foot surgery is to keep in contact with your surgeon or primary care provider about any problems you’re having. The sooner a problem is acknowledged and dealt with, the less serious it is likely to get. 

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