If you have a foot or ankle condition that is causing pain and distress, conservative, non-surgical treatments are always the first choice for treatment. Some circumstances, however, do require surgical intervention. The exceptional team of podiatrists at North Shore Foot & Ankle in Syosset, NY, Flushing, NY, Rosedale, NY, Plainview, NY, and Lynbrook NY have advanced training and years of experience with all types of foot surgery. From in-office procedures to those performed in a hospital setting, the team provides attentive care and assistance along each step of your journey through surgery. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

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How do I know if I need foot surgery?

In most cases, the skilled podiatrists at North Shore Foot & Ankle recommend surgery for conditions that have not responded to conservative therapies. Some of the conditions that surgery can address include:

  • Bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities
  • Misaligned bones
  • Injuries
  • Congenital malformation
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve problems

Surgery can relieve pain and, in some cases, completely eliminate the underlying cause of your foot issues.

What are the different types of foot surgery?

Foot surgery ranges from simple procedures performed right in your doctor’s office to more complex procedures performed in a hospital setting. The podiatric surgeons at North Shore Foot & Ankle have operating privileges at several hospitals and surgery centers, including Day Op Ambulatory Center of Long Island, Empire Surgery Center in the Bronx, and Patient Care Associates in Englewood, New Jersey, among others.

Some of the types of podiatric surgery the skilled physicians perform include:

Bunion surgery

Also known as a bunionectomy, this procedure removes the protrusion at the base of the big toe that causes problems when you have bunions.

Hammertoe surgery

This procedure corrects the hammertoe(s) that curve under the feet due to malformed tendons.

Neuroma surgery

In cases of Morton’s neuroma, the inflamed nerve can be surgically removed to alleviate foot and toe pain.

Bone spur surgery

This surgery addresses an overgrowth of bone, usually in the heel. The bony protrusion is shaved down, so it doesn’t press painfully on other structures.

Ankle or mid-foot fusion surgery

In this procedure, the surgeon carefully removes damaged cartilage, allowing bones to fuse together and stabilize the joint.

Plantar fasciitis surgery

This surgery removes part of the plantar fascia that is damaged or inflamed to relieve pain.

What are the risks of foot surgery?

The risks of foot surgery vary depending on the type of surgery your having, the degree of your foot condition, and your overall health. In general, if you are having an in-office procedure or one in a hospital setting that doesn’t require general anesthesia, your risks are relatively low for serious complications. Any type of surgery under general anesthesia carries some risk, including:

  • Infection
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood clots

The caring team will make sure you fully understand all of the risks associated with podiatric surgery. They’ll also educate you about how to prepare for, and take good care of yourself after your surgery, so you can reap the greatest healing benefits from your procedure.

To find out more about foot surgery, schedule a consultation online or call North Shore Foot & Ankle today.