By Parkway Podiatry
December 22, 2016
Category: Podiatry

Conservative treatments are often helpful in easing foot and ankle pain, but when these methods don't help, surgery may be the best Foot and Ankle Surgeryoption. Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, explain how foot and ankle surgery can help relieve the pain caused by several common conditions.

Arthritis

Joint damage caused by arthritis can cause considerable pain and make it difficult to walk. When the damage is severe, fusion surgery can relieve your pain and improve your mobility. During the surgery, the bones in a joint are permanently joined together. Fusion of the mid-foot or ankle eliminates pain and stabilizes the joint, making it easier to move.

Bunions

Bunions occur when the bones at the base of your big toe move out of alignment, producing a bump at the bottom of your toe. Since the condition deforms the foot, it can be difficult to find comfortable shoes that don't press on the bunion. If other treatments, such as splinting or taping the foot, aren't effective, surgery can relieve your pain and remove the deformity. Surgery involves re-aligning the joint and removing excess tissue.

Hammertoes

Walking and wearing shoes is often painful when you have a hammertoe. If you have the condition, your toe bends at a right angle and looks a little like a hammer. Surgery is used to fuse the joint or realign the bones.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis often gets better with steroid injections, shoe inserts and stretching exercises, but sometimes, the pain just doesn't improve. Surgery releases the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes, relieving pain and improving mobility. Bone spurs may also be removed during plantar fasciitis surgery.

Achilles tendon issues

Surgery is used to repair torn Achilles tendons and relieve pain and mobility issues caused by Achilles tendinitis. If your pain hasn't improved after six months, your Brooklyn podiatrist may recommend surgery to lengthen your calf muscles or remove the damaged part of your tendon.

Could you benefit from foot and ankle surgery? Call Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky, your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment to discuss your foot or ankle condition.