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.
In minimally invasive foot surgery, a small incision provides access to the surgery site. The entire procedure is performed through an incision of about 1/4″ long. At the conclusion of the surgery, a single stitch closes the opening and a small bandage is applied over the incision. Compare types of surgeries here.
Minimally invasive means minimal pain, plus there are many more advantages over the traditional method of open bunion surgery.
90 minutes after you arrive at the surgery center, you can walk out of surgery and drive yourself home. You will also have minimal pain throughout the process and recovery. There is a quick recovery time because this is outpatient surgery. As long as you have a job that does not require you to be on your feet all day, you don’t have to miss any work.
Minimally invasive surgery uses a local anesthesia so you stay conscious throughout the surgery.
We apply a small cut, not a large incision.
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.
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90 minutes after you arrive at the surgery center, you can walk out of surgery and drive yourself home.
Quick recovery time
Walk out of surgery
Drive yourself home
Don’t miss work
Local anesthesia – Stay conscious throughout.
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. Compare Surgeries Here
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 hammer toes have been corrected by this new technique and the patients remained ambulatory (mobile). Compare Surgeries Here
A bunion is a foot deformation that causes the big toe to angle toward the other toes while a large bump appears on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint. It is also known as Hallux Valgus. It is caused when ligaments tendons and muscles become out of balance. They can be removed with a simple, fast outpatient procedure similar to going to the dentist.
An arthritic bunion is when the big toe stays straight and bone spurrs form around the main big toe joint causing pain whenever the big toe moves, especially when under pressure like when walking.
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Driving is allowed immediately after the operation and walking is okay as long as it is not overdone.
Depending on the type of work you do, you may be able to go back to work after surgery on the same day. If you have to be on your feet a lot at work, you may need to be off of them more than usual.