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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 02, 2016
Category: Foot Surgery
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   Hammertoes   Arthritis   heel spurs  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we will almost always attempt to heal foot and ankle conditions with non-invasive treatment methods whenever possible. Sometimes, however, if an injury or deformity is too severe or a patient doesn’t obtain relief and increased mobility through more conservative measures, surgery is the best option.

Common conditions that can be improved or corrected through surgery include: bunions, flatfeet, hammertoes, sprains, fractures, arthritis and other joint issues, heel spurs, tumors and Neuromas. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will advise you when surgery is needed and also be sure you understand the procedure and expected results. Being an informed patient will make you more confident and comfortable and can help eliminate unwelcome surprises before and after surgery. Below are some general questions to ask before undergoing surgery:

Where will the surgery be performed? Today, many toe, foot and ankle surgeries can be done right in the doctor’s office or as an outpatient at a surgical center.

Will I be knocked out? An anesthesiologist will work closely with the foot doctor to determine the best method. In some cases local anesthesia can be used, with or without sedation. Other surgeries may require general anesthesia. Most likely you will need someone to drive you home after the surgery.

What can I expect in the days following surgery? Following most foot and ankle surgeries, you’ll will need to keep your foot immobilized, limit weight bearing, ice the foot and also keep it elevated.  Your surgeon will also instruct you on whether you will need a cast or splint and how to care for the incision area. Although each patient is different, it’s okay to ask about how much pain you may be in and what methods the foot doctor will suggest for controlling pain.

Will additional treatment or therapy be needed post surgery? In many instances some form of physical therapy or exercises will be utilized to help in the recovery. Your podiatrist may also make recommendations about your footwear or prescribe an orthotic device to use in the short term after surgery or even indefinitely.

When can I expect to resume my normal activities? Sometimes surgery can eliminate a foot problem and in other cases greatly improve mobility and decrease pain. Ask your foot doctor what type of outcome can be expected from your surgery and how long it will be before you are fully recovered and able to go back to all regular activities.

If you have additional questions about a specific surgery, feel free to contact our Pooler office at: (912) 330–8885.

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