There are many conditions that might necessitate foot and ankle surgery. Almost always, your doctor will approach your particular solutions from the most conservative standpoint first, as often, those conservative approaches are successful and require less invasion, have lower risks, have less cost, less downtime, and better long-term healing results, with less scarring and fewer side effects. Only you and your doctor can determine if a foot or ankle surgery is necessary. Some more severe conditions that may require surgery for the foot or ankle include:
To make a diagnosis, a clinical exam is the first step, along with a thorough health history and x-rays. Depending on what your x-rays show, further imaging, such as CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound, may be required. Following an injury or trauma, seek treatment right away. Failure to do so can risk further complications, such as chronic instability, weakness, pain, or malunion. Getting that diagnosis quickly means you can be treated while the injury is simpler to treat.
Your doctor will try to effectively treat you without surgery on ankles or feet if he or she can. But, if you have already been treated without a good outcome, or you have a severe issue or a bad deformity, your doctor will likely discuss your surgical options and help decide which option is best for you.
As always, you should consult your physician to help you decide your best path to wellness. Surgery is a good option for problems of the foot and ankle, but not the only option, and should be carefully considered.
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