Foot & Ankle Surgery
When it comes to treating foot and ankle conditions, the best option is always the one that provides the most effective results with as little invasiveness as possible. Conservative treatments are always preferred, but in some situations they just don’t work as well, or the condition is so severe that more advanced methods are necessary. When this happens, foot and ankle surgery may be considered.
The Need for Surgery
A variety of conditions exist that may require foot and ankle surgery, and different kinds of procedures can potentially be used to address the problems each present. To go into everything in detail would be exhausting, but a sample of conditions in which surgery may become an option include:
- Flat feet or overpronation
- Heel or toe spurs
- Sprains and fractures
- Deformities from birth (e.g. clubfoot)
- Corns and calluses
- Arthritis and other joint conditions
- Complications from diabetes and circulatory problems
Foot and ankle surgery is often employed as a last resort to relieve discomfort or restore function when other options fail or are not available. Surgery that is more for cosmetic reasons (for example, bunion surgery only to improve the appearance of the feet when other methods are effectively treating pain and discomfort) will never be considered as much as surgery for chronic pain or distress. Each case is unique, however, and a full range of options—both conservative and surgical—will be discussed with each patient on a case-by-case basis.
A large number of surgical procedures can be performed directly in our office, while others might need to be performed in a surgical center on an outpatient basis. The majority of procedures can be conducted using local anesthesia, although sedation may be necessary in some cases.
While patients can walk out of a number of surgical procedures and even continue on with their days as normal, others may require a friend or family member to transport the patient home. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions for proper healing and recovery. This may include the wearing of protective devices such as casts, surgical boots, splits, or bandages, limiting or outright preventing the bearing of weight on the affected foot, or keeping the area dry and clean. Additional care may be needed following the surgery, including physical therapy, custom orthotics, or special regimens. In most cases, however, patients can return to normal footwear after the healing process is complete.
The Best in Surgical Care
Don’t let a fear of potential surgery keep you from finding the relief you need from longstanding foot or ankle pain. Dr. Gregg Neibauer and the staff at Alpine Foot & Ankle Clinic will provide a full examination of your condition and discuss the full range of options available to you. A non-surgical solution could and in many cases does provide the help that is needed. If not, however, rest assured that any choice for surgery will be taken considerately, fully explained, and treated with the utmost care. Please call (406) 721-4007 to schedule an appointment with our Missoula office and take the first steps toward recovery today.