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If you have ever had a problem with your feet, then you know how painful and inconvenient it can be. Your feet are the part of your body that receive the most use and stress every day, so when they break down, your routine is altered. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, understand how important it is to keep your feet in good condition and they are experienced in a variety of foot surgery methods that have helped thousands of people over the years.
When would I Need Foot Surgery?
If your foot has been bothering you, you should go to your family doctor or general practitioner. If the doctor finds something seriously wrong with your foot, you will be recommended to a podiatrist. The podiatrist will examine your foot, figure out if it is bad enough that you need surgery, and discuss surgery options with you.
What does Foot Surgery help with?
Foot surgery will heal any condition you are suffering, no matter how unusual it may seem. Bunions, rheumatoid arthritis, heel spurs, and ingrown toenails are just a few ailments it corrects. Foot surgery can also be helpful after severe trauma or accidents, for reconstruction or even amputation.
What can I expect before Surgery?
To receive the best possible results from your surgery, the nurses and surgeon will order several tests and exams before you are brought into the operating room. Most of the tests will depend on your foot problem and the kind of surgery you are undergoing, but you would also get some standard tests such as X-rays, blood tests, urine analysis, and an evaluation of your past medical history.
What should I do after Surgery?
Before you go into the operating room, your podiatrist will talk to you about the proper aftercare for your condition. Obviously, the intensity of the aftercare and the length of your recovery period will depend upon the severity of your medical condition and the type of foot surgery you will get. However, there are a few basic aftercare principles that are always the same, regardless of the surgical procedures. For instance, you need to get a lot of rest and keep the foot elevated as often as you can. You will also need to use ice packs and compresses.