Most foot and ankle problems improve with conservative treatments. But if your symptoms persist or worsen, you might be a candidate for foot surgery. At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the providers regularly perform several types of foot surgery, including bunionectomy, Achilles tendon repair, and hammertoe release. To make an appointment today, call the office in New York City or click the online booking feature.request an appointment
What is foot surgery?
Foot surgery is a podiatry subspecialty that uses special tools and operative techniques to repair or remove damaged or diseased tissues from inside your feet or ankles. Foot surgery relieves pain, restores your mobility, and improves your quality of life.
Who can benefit from foot surgery?
Consider foot surgery at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, if you suffer from chronic foot or ankle pain and it affects your ability to work or exercise. That’s especially true if you’ve tried conservative treatments, like ice, rest, and elevation.
After a review of your medical records, a discussion of your symptoms, and a series of X-rays, your provider can make treatment recommendations.
What are some examples of foot surgery?
At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, the providers offer several types of foot surgery, including:
A bunionectomy removes a bunion –– a hard, bony bump –– from the outside edge of your big toe. During treatment, your provider uses special tools to realign the bones at the front of your foot, relieving pain and improving function.
Achilles tendon repair
Achilles tendon repair fixes a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon –– a band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone.
If you have a ruptured Achilles tendon, your surgeon stitches it back together; if your tendon is damaged, your surgeon removes the weak portion, preventing further damage.
During hammertoe surgery, your provider uses special tools to clip the tendon or ligament holding your toe in a bent position. That allows your toe to relax, relieving pain and inflammation.
Consider an ankle replacement if you have severe ankle arthritis. During treatment, your provider removes the diseased or damaged joint and replaces it with a metal or plastic prosthesis. The prosthesis eliminates pain and swelling, restoring your range of motion.
What is recovery like after foot surgery?
After foot surgery, you might have to stay in the hospital for a night or two. When the anesthesia wears off, it’s normal to experience mild swelling, bruising, and pain. Take your medications as prescribed, get lots of rest, and drink plenty of water.
It’s crucial you enroll in physical therapy once your body starts healing. Physical therapy teaches you stretches and strengthening exercises to restore your mobility and range of motion.
To see if you’re a candidate for foot surgery, make an appointment at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates today, by calling the office or booking online.