Reasons You May Need Foot or Ankle Surgery
You wish your foot problems would resolve. At your doctor's recommendation, you've tried new shoes, rest, and some medications, but the pain does not go away. At Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in Torrance, San Pedro, and Los Angeles, CA, your podiatrists want you to return to an active lifestyle and may advise surgery on your foot. Learn the rationale behind some of the operations Dr. Eric Feit, Dr. Alona Kashanian, and Dr. Pooya Lashkari may propose.
Your feet and ankles
They're complex structures. Just one foot alone contains 26 bones in addition to blood vessels, ligaments, and tendons. When something is amiss, the problem may disrupt your daily routines, keeping off your feet or causing you continual pain. Additionally, some foot and ankle conditions, such as bunions, diabetic wounds, and flat feet, impact overall health and personal appearance, too.
Arthritis Research in the UK finds that a wide variety of degenerative conditions necessitate foot and ankle surgery. They include:
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, which can lead to ankle replacement surgery
- Bunions, changes in alignment of the joints at the base of the big toe
- Diabetic ulcers, infected and often life- and limb-threatening wounds resulting from poor circulation
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel and big toe
Additionally, physical injuries, such as fractures and sprains, may require surgery. If neglected, a severe ankle sprain may lead to joint instability, the inability to bear weight and arthritis. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society says that ankle arthrodesis surgery uses grafting materials to strengthen severely injured or malformed ankles, to relieve pain and to promote mobility.
Do you need surgery?
Only your podiatrist at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in Torrance, San Pedro, and Los Angeles can tell. He or she will examine your foot and how you walk. X-rays and other imaging techniques reveal problems not obvious on visual inspection.
Often, your foot doctor will attempt symptom relief first with conservative measures such as:
- Compression bandages, soft casts, crutches, canes, and other mobility devices
- Customized shoe inserts (orthotics)
- Over-the-counter pain medications
- Steroidal injections
- A change in footwear
If ineffective, however, surgery may be in order. Thankfully, the professional staff at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers are well-qualified in many of today's most effective and least invasive lower extremity operations, including innovative endoscopy surgeries.
Concerned about a foot or ankle?
Please don't wait. Contact one of our three convenient Precision Foot and Ankle Centers for a professional consultation. If you do need surgery, you'll be in the best of hands. For an appointment at our Torrance location, phone (310) 791-1092. For San Pedro, call (310) 548-3311, and in Los Angeles, call (213) 747-7272.