Finding out that you need foot or ankle surgery can certainly be stressful, often since having to stay off your feet can be quite overwhelming. However, with the help of the top podiatry team at Animas Foot & Ankle in Durango, Colorado, you can expect a short downtime. The skilled podiatrists use advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques to perform almost all types of foot and ankle surgery. Learn more by booking a surgery consultation either online or over the phone.
Though conservative therapies are often the first part of your foot or ankle treatment plan and they can often be effective, sometimes, surgery is the ideal solution. Foot surgery allows your podiatrist to make repairs and remove damaged tissues, so you can start your path to being pain-free. You might need foot (or ankle) surgery if you have:
In some cases, foot surgery is needed for diagnostic purposes. For instance, if you have an injury that just isn’t clearly showing up on an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI, your podiatrist can use an arthroscope to visually go in and look at your injured area. Sometimes, your podiatrist can even make minor repairs during your diagnostic arthroscopy, so you don’t have to worry about needing an additional procedure.
The team at Animas Foot & Ankle spends time guiding you through the surgical process long before your procedure, so you know exactly how to prepare and what to expect. In most cases, the skilled podiatrists can make essential repairs through just a few small incisions using an arthroscope and thin surgical tools. During your procedure, your dedicated foot and ankle surgeon can:
The expert foot and ankle surgeons at Animas Foot & Ankle can even perform total ankle replacement procedures, so you can get relief from pain and inflammation and restore joint function.
Almost all foot and ankle surgeries through Animas Foot & Ankle are performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. Even though you can usually return home the same day, you’re probably going to need to stay off your feet as much as possible for the first few days.
Generally, you can start bearing at least a little weight on the treated foot within the first week or two. Most men and women who need foot surgery can walk around comfortably, sometimes with the use of an assistive cane, within a month. Depending on your specific procedure, you can expect a full recovery in as little as six to eight weeks. Of course, if you’re having a more complex surgery, like a joint replacement, it could take longer to fully recover.
Book your foot surgery evaluation at Animas Foot & Ankle today. Click on the online scheduler, or call your nearby office directly.