Find out when it’s time to weigh the pros and cons of getting foot surgery.
Most of the time when a foot problem arises it can easily be tackled with conservative methods such as icing, physical therapy and the like. Of course, there are certain cases in which the problem is either too severe or isn’t responding to conservative treatment. When this happens, our Bronx, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Barry Finkelstein, may recommend a more aggressive tactic. Do you think you may benefit from foot surgery? Let’s find out.
Here are some of the most common types of foot surgeries and the signs that it might be time to consider getting foot surgery in Bronx, NY:
A bunion is a bony deformity that often juts out at the base of the big toe (but can form on any toe). This deformity can become severe if left untreated. While the majority of people with bunions can manage their symptoms with simple conservative measures, if you are dealing with severe, persistent pain and swelling that affects your quality of life and keeps you from doing what you love then it’s time to talk to our Bronx, NY, foot doctor about getting bunion surgery to correct the deformity.
This joint or tendon deformity typically affects the smaller toes and causes the joint to bend downward, causing the toe or toes to look almost “claw-like”. While the deformity is often minor, it can get worse. If you’ve been diagnosed with a hammertoe it’s important that you stop wearing shoes that are too tight or put pressure on the toes. If shoes bunch your toes up, stop wearing them. Wearing improper footwear will only make the hammertoe worse.
If you have a rigid hammertoe that is painful or develops an open wound, this is typically about the time our foot specialists will recommend getting surgery to correct the deformity.
Certain forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation and joint damage. Sometimes this also causes bone dislocations, particularly in the small bones of the foot. If we find that the treatments we have provided you don’t keep your symptoms under control, then surgery may be necessary. The surgery you have to undergo will depend on your symptoms and their severity.
Do you want to sit down and talk with our podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY, about your condition and whether surgery is the next best option? Call our office today and let’s schedule your consultation.