If you have a foot-related health problem that doesn’t respond to conservative measures of care, consider foot surgery. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the skilled team of podiatrists performs minimally invasive foot surgery to address various issues, including bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas. To see if surgery is right for you, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the nearest office today.
Foot surgery refers to a group of procedures that relieve pain, improve function, and restore mobility. At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the team specializes in minimally invasive, outpatient operations.
When compared to traditional open surgery, these techniques allow for quicker recovery times, fewer complications, and better outcomes.
The team at Stockdale Podiatry Group uses foot surgery to treat various conditions, including:
Bunions are large, bony protrusions that occur on the outer edge of your big toe. During bunion surgery, the team makes an incision on the top or side of your big toe joint. They carefully remove the excess tissue, realign your bones, and stitch it back up. In addition to improving the appearance of your toe, bunion surgery limits pain and restores your full range of motion.
There are several types of foot surgery used to treat hammertoe. The type you’ll most benefit from depends on the severity of your symptoms. If your toe is still flexible, the team performs a tendon transfer. This type of surgery reroutes tendons from the bottom of your toe to help straighten it out.
If your toe is fixed or stiff, the team might perform joint resection or fusion surgery. Joint resection straightens your toe by cutting the tendons and ligaments and inserting metal pins or rods. Fusion surgery uses pins or screws to join two or more of the bones in your toe together.
A neuroma is a nerve tumor that occurs between your third and fourth toes. During neuroma surgery, the team makes an incision on the top of your foot just over the neuroma. They insert small surgical tools through the incision, cut around the tumor, and carefully remove it.
Bone spurs are small, bony growths that occur due to pressure or trauma on a ligament or tendon. During bone spur surgery, the team makes an incision in your foot and uses small, specialized tools to remove the excess bone. Following the removal of the bone spur, they stitch the incision up.
The team conducts all types of foot surgery with general anesthesia, meaning you’re asleep throughout the entire procedure.
Following foot surgery, the team provides you with a list of custom recovery instructions. The length of your recovery depends on the issue addressed and the type of surgery performed.
Rehabilitation typically includes a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol); physical therapy; bandages, splints, or casts; surgical shoes; and crutches.
To ensure a speedy recovery, take all of your medication as prescribed and attend all of your follow-up consultations.
To explore the benefits of foot surgery, request a consultation at Stockdale Podiatry Group. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.