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Foot and Ankel Surgery

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What is Ankle Surgery

Surgery is not the only solution for many ankle problems. Most ankle issues can be solved with therapy and medicines. However, when ankles are unstable, deformed, badly broken, or causing constant pain, surgery could be the only solution.

Ankle surgery may be needed to treat broken bone (fracture), tendonitis, arthritis , and problems that cannot be resolved with therapy and medicines.

Surgery for the fracture of an ankle is done when the ankle bones are unstable and require more support to heal. A few milder fractures when the ankle is stable and the broken bone is not out of place may not require surgical repair.

Why is ankle surgery done?

Ankle surgery may help treat broken ankle bones, reduce ankle pain, and manage other problems where treatments such as therapy or medication fail to work.  Ankle surgery for broken bones is useful if the bones become unstable and need extra support to heal. However, in mild fractures where the ankle is unstable, and the bones are not out of place, ankle surgery may not be needed. 

Types of Foot Surgery

For patients who have foot and ankle issues that are not responding well to conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend foot surgery. Sometimes surgery is the only way to achieve long-lasting relief from persistent, disabling symptoms.

The goal of foot surgery is not just to relieve chronic pain, but also to restore normal foot and ankle function. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently performed types of foot surgery and who you can talk to about what might work for you:

FUSION SURGERY

When a joint has extensive damage and is causing chronic pain, fusion surgery may be recommended. The pain is usually caused by bone-on-bone scraping during movement, as the protective tissues and other elements are degraded and are therefore no longer working properly.

This type of foot surgery is performed to remove the remaining cartilage and to permanently join (fuse) the adjacent bone tissues together. This is done using plates and screws to enable the natural fusion process, which will prevent the movement that is causing pain and other symptoms.

FOOT FRACTURE SURGERY

While simple foot fractures may heal on their own, complex fractures require surgery. Surgeries to address foot fractures have a high success rate.

METATARSAL SURGERY

Your foot and ankle specialist may recommend metatarsal surgery to repair bunions, rheumatoid arthritis, or another issue that is causing deformity in the foot. The procedure involves cutting the metatarsal bone, repositioning it, and fastening it in place using metal pins, plates, or screws.

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