When Is Foot and Ankle Surgery Needed?
posted: Jan. 06, 2021.
You may have experienced foot and ankle pain on occasion following exercise, a long day on your feet, or a trip or fall. In most cases, the discomfort dissipates after rest, icing, or with the aid of a pain reliever. But if your pain is constant and severe, you may require foot and ankle surgery to have you back on your feet comfortably.
If you are experiencing stiffness, swelling, immobility, or unbearable pain, now is the time to contact Colorado Foot and Ankle, located in Colorado Springs, to see if you are a candidate for foot and ankle surgery.
What are the signs I may need foot and ankle surgery?
- Re-injury to the foot or ankle
- Decreased mobility
- Chronic aching
- Persistent stiffness
- Swollen joints
- Impaired foot or ankle flexibility
- Pain that is unresponsive to icing, rest, or medication
- Development of bunions, hammertoes, or chronic blisters
- Bone spurs, arthritis, or nerve enlargements between your toes
- Severe sprains or fractures
- Flat feet
- Severe bunions or warts
How long is the recovery from foot and ankle surgery?
At our Colorado Springs office, we can generally perform your foot and ankle surgery on an outpatient basis, so you can return home soon after the procedure. If you were given anesthesia during your surgery, you may need to wait a bit longer before going home.
Your podiatrist at our Colorado Springs office will give you instructions on caring for yourself and promoting recovery following your foot and ankle surgery. You will likely be advised to keep your foot and ankle immobile during the healing period, and your podiatrist may suggest the use of a splint, cast, or special shoe during the recovery process. You will need to limit putting weight on your foot and ankle until your podiatrist gives you the OK to resume normal activity.
For more information on foot and ankle surgery, call our Colorado Springs office today at 719-475-8080.