If foot surgery has been recommended, you may certainly have some questions that need answering.
While foot surgery is something you certainly don’t want to hear, our West Houston, TX, podiatrists - Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo and Dr. Manish Patel - will often only recommend it if it’s the last resort and other more conservative methods have failed to work. Here are some of the most common questions associated with foot surgery to help shed a little light and ease your nerves.
Q. What types of foot surgeries are out there?
A. There are a wide variety of surgical options out there for treating a host of foot problems including:
- Rigid hammertoes
- Joint damage due to arthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bumps and cysts
- Achilles tendon ruptures or tears
- Arthritis of the ankle
- Heel spurs
Q. What type of anesthesia will I get?
A. This is certainly something to discuss with our West Houston foot doctor during your consultation. There are some minor surgeries that can often just be performed with local anesthesia, while major surgeries will often require general anesthesia. If you are awake for your surgery, ask us about sedation options to help ease your anxiety and nerves to make your procedure more comfortable for you.
Q. How long will my recovery period be?
A. This will depend on a variety of factors including the type of surgery you receive (major vs. minor), the severity of the condition we are treating, as well as your overall health. Some people find that it only takes a couple weeks after their surgery to feel like they are on the mend, while others may be in remission for a couple of months. When you come in for a consultation, we can provide an estimate for how long we think your recovery period will take.
Q. Will I need to take time from work?
A. Most people worry about having to take too much time off of work, but it’s also important that you get the rest you need to properly heal. Irritating and exacerbating your foot after surgery will only cause your recovery period to be longer. A lot will depend on the type of job you have and what surgery you have to undergo. If you have a sedentary job then you may be able to go back after a week. For those with more active jobs, you may have to take a couple of weeks off and then go back to work with restrictions for several more weeks.
Call Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming foot surgery. If you are dealing with painful foot symptoms call us for the care you need to get back on your feet.