Frequently Asked Questions
Foot Surgery FAQ’s
When deciding on an appropriate physician to treat a foot disorder or injury, keep in mind that a podiatrist is more likely to have the knowledge, training and skills to provide the highest quality of care possible due to his or her specialized training in the care of the foot and ankle.
Foot Surgery FAQs: About Podiatry
Many podiatric physicians have from one to four additional years of residency training to study foot care and surgery in addition to completing four years of medical school. Podiatrists continue their education when in practice, learning new techniques and procedures and keeping up with recent developments in the field.
A small incision is made in the foot and a specially designed instrument is inserted into the opening. The entire procedure is performed through a 1/4″ opening. At the conclusion of the surgery, a stitch may be used to close the opening and a small bandage protects the area.
Minimally invasive surgery causes less damage to the tissue of the body because there is less dissection of the layers of the body. This means quicker walking and shorter recovery times.
We apply a small cut versus a large incision.
This smaller incision results in: less bleeding, less scarring, less pain, reduced use of narcotics, fewer complications including reduced risk of infection, less trauma to the muscles, nerves and tissues.
It has now been over forty years since the original pioneers began the development of this art. As their development progressed, they found that it was rarely necessary to incapacitate their patients. Painful bunions, heel spurs, contracted toes and hammertoes were corrected by this new technique and the patients remained ambulatory (mobile).
A bunion deformity usually has three parts. The doctor will analyze your foot during the consultation and explain to you which portion, if any, or all of these parts your bunion deformity has. 1. An enlargement of the metatarsal head, this causes the bump on the side of the foot. 2. The first metatarsal bone deviates toward the midline of the body and causes the metatarsal head to stick out and therefore makes the bump more prominent. 3. The big toe drifts toward the little toe and pushes against the second toe.
With this type of bunion, the big toe and the first metatarsal usually are straight but there is arthritic bone spurring present around the joint and it limits the motion which causes a great deal of pain when walking and an inability to flex the toe properly.
Driving is allowed immediately after the operation and walking is okay as long as it is not overdone.
This depends on which type of surgery you have and what type of work you do. People who are on their feet for eight or more hours a day need to take a little more time off than people who can sit immediately.
In a simple bunionectomy, the postoperative shoe is worn for a week. In a more complicated bunionectomy, including surgical fractures, the shoe is worn for up to five weeks.