Posts for: October, 2019
Find out when surgery may be the best approach to treating your foot and ankle problems.
We know how important it is for patients to avoid surgery. That is why it’s important to visit our Indianapolis foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, as soon as an issue arises so that you can get the conservative care and treatment you need to heal effectively without surgery. However, there are certain situations and conditions that may be better off with surgery. These problems include,
A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe that can cause serious pain and swelling, particularly during activity. While conservative care is the first course of action to prevent a bunion from getting worse, patients dealing with severe pain/inflammation that isn’t responding to at-home care and is consequently affecting everyday activities may require surgery.
Bunion surgery is truly the only treatment option that repairs the damaged joint and realigns it. Since bunion surgery often requires extensive downtime, this is a procedure to consider only if you’ve exhausted all other treatment options.
Along with bunions, hammertoes are another common foot deformity that can also be managed with simple at-home care; however, if you ignore the problem or don’t properly care for your feet, the deformity will get worse until the hammertoe becomes inflexible or rigid. Once this occurs, you’ll be unable to straighten the toe, and your Indianapolis foot surgeon may have to recommend hammertoe surgery. While surgery is the only way to correct a hammertoe, wearing proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes can slow the deformity’s progression if the problem is caught early enough.
Arthritis is another chronic condition that can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and damage if you don’t seek treatment for your symptoms. There are many medications on the market today that can slow the progression of arthritis, which is why it’s important to see a doctor at the first signs of arthritis; however, if your arthritis symptoms are severe enough to affect mobility and your day-to-day routine then it may be time to consider surgery.
Give Us a Call
Are you dealing with any of the issues above? Not getting the relief you deserve with home treatment? If so, it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, today to schedule a consultation with our foot and ankle surgeon. Dial either (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.