Foot Surgery Need Not Be Frightening
Innovations in podiatric surgery in recent years have made it far more effective and inviting than it has been in the past. Surgery is often the best choice to fix conditions like bunions, melanomas, hammertoes, neuromas and tendon problems. Recent innovations have improved podiatrists' ability to diagnose, treat and perform surgery on foot and ankle conditions. For example:
-- There's a machine that allows doctors to look into the foot's deep tissue structure to get a sense of how well the blood is flowing. This lets them identify what's going on, diagnose patients early and predict surgery outcomes. -- In addition, there's a new locking plate that dynamically compresses bones after foot-bone-fusion operations to relieve arthritis pain.
-- And a collagen wrap has been developed for protecting nerves in the foot and ankle from scar tissue following surgery or after they've been crushed or partially severed. Surgery is a good option whenever foot or ankle pain fails to improve through other treatments, and when it curtails your ability to lead a normal daily life. This includes an inability to wear shoes comfortably.
Routine foot surgery usually takes an hour to an hour and a half - though reconstructive surgery and repairing severe injuries can take much longer. The patient, whose best chances for a successful outcome are with a board-certified podiatrist, is completely sedated, so no there's no pain. Afterward, however, there can be some pain, as with every surgical procedure. It's usually managed by readily available pain medications, both prescription and over the counter.
The South Texas Foot Institute provides all aspects of podiatry care to all age groups. We are conveniently located in San Antonio, Texas.
|At the South Texas Foot Institute we use a variety of treatment techniques, including general care of the skin and nails, the use of specialized insoles ("orthoses") to improve the way people walk, physical therapies and surgery of the foot.|