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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 15, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Fractures   flatfeet   foot surgery   heel spurs  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we know that no one looks forward to foot surgery. We are committed to using non-invasive treatment methods whenever possible. Sometimes, however, surgery is the best option for correcting foot problems and bringing lasting pain relief and may be recommended for bunions, flatfeet, fractures, deformities, Neuromas, heel spurs and other toe, foot and ankle conditions.

To avoid surprises at the time of foot surgery, it’s a good idea to go over the entire procedure from prep to recovery with your foot and ankle surgeon. Here are some questions to help guide you to the information you will need: 

Where will the foot surgery be performed? Many procedures can be done in the doctor’s office or at an outpatient surgical center.

What type of anesthesia will be used and how long will the surgery take to perform? For some surgeries a local anesthesia with or without a sedative may be sufficient, but others will require general anesthesia. You will most likely need someone to drive you home after the surgery. The length of time the surgery will take may determine whether that person waits for you or leaves you and comes back.

How long before I can put weight on my foot? The foot that is operated on will most likely have to be immobilized for some portion of time after surgery. The foot doctor will prescribe a protective device such as a splint, surgical shoes, cast or special bandages. Knowing how long before you can bear weight on your foot will help you plan for time off from work and other activities.

What post operative care will be needed? Will you need to elevate your foot, ice it or take medications? When will your post op appointment take place and will any stitches be removed at that time? You’ll also want to know if physical therapy or special exercises will be needed long term to speed and complete the healing process.

Getting answers to these questions will help take the mystery out of your foot surgery. If you have other questions, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be happy to answer them. Feel free to contact our Washington office at: (724) 225-7410 to have your concerns addressed. Our goal is for you to feel confident and comfortable with your surgical procedure.

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