Foot and Ankle Surgeon Questions and Answers
Do you need foot or ankle surgery? Contact Dr. Davinder Bhela, DPM, and our team at Hicksville Podiatry to get comprehensive treatment for your foot problems. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. we have two locations to serve you in Hicksville NY, and West Hempstead NY.
What kind of doctor does surgery on foot?
Feet are one of the most complex parts of the body as each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 additional muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Our feet are placed under enormous amounts of stress and weight as we go about our daily activities as our entire body relies on the strength and flexibility of our feet and ankles to propel us as we move through our life. When we experience pain and discomfort in our feet, it can cause a chain reaction of pain throughout our body as we change the way we move to avoid causing additional pain on the affected area. Pain in the foot can be caused by any number of issues including sprains, strains, and fractures either in the ankle or the foot itself. For treatment of foot pain, patients can seek out care from an orthopedist or a podiatrist. An orthopedist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system caused by disease or injury. Orthopedic surgeons receive a year of training as part of their education dedicated to the reconstruction of the foot and ankle. Podiatrists on the other hand are completely focused and dedicated to conditions that affect the foot and ankle, not injuries and disease, but also abnormal mechanics and skin conditions. Either profession is able to perform surgery on the foot so the choice of which one to go with will be dependent on their experience with your particular condition and how comfortable you are with the doctor themselves and the treatment plan they are proposing.
What is the difference between a podiatrist and a foot and ankle surgeon?
A podiatrist is focused on the prevention of injury to the foot and ankle and will look to surgery as a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted without the desired results. Many podiatrists have completed the training required to perform surgery on the ankle and foot and can do so easily and comfortably with their extensive knowledge of the lower limb and the mechanics that make it work. A foot and ankle surgeon will also try all other methods of treatment prior to surgery. They must complete several additional years of education and training to understand the relationship between the body and foot and ankle in order to provide treatment to complex injuries that affect the lower limb of the leg.
How long does foot surgery take to recover?
Every surgical case is unique and recovery time will vary from one patient to the next. The foot is a complex limb made up of 25% of the entire body’s bones. As many of the bones in the foot are small, when properly aligned and stabilized they can heal relatively fast. However, complex fractures and injuries involving multiple bones and/or damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons can cause extensive recovery times for the foot to properly heal. Your podiatrist or surgeon will let you know what you can expect in terms of time to recover based on the extent of your injury or the reason for your surgery. Recovery can include a plaster cast, air cast, use of a walker, crutches or cane, rest, and elevation for a specified period of time to allow the area time to properly heal. Your doctor will want to monitor your recovery on an ongoing basis to ensure that everything is healing the way it should and they can provide you with guidelines for when you can start walking or driving, slowly working your way up to being able to resume your normal activities. You may also be prescribed physical therapy as part of your recovery and rehabilitation to help you with regaining strength and flexibility in the limb in a safe and controlled manner to limit the risk of injuring it.
When should you see a foot surgeon?
Surgery is often used as a last resort when all other treatment methods have been unsuccessful. If you are feeling like the treatment plan you are on is not providing you with the results you are expecting, talk to your podiatrist about your current plan and any additional options you can try. If you feel like surgery is an option you want to pursue, your doctor can help you understand the risks and benefits of foot surgery. Many podiatrists are trained and experienced with performing foot surgery so they will be able to talk you through the different options and what foot surgery can mean for you. At Hicksville Podiatry, Dr. Bhela is experienced in all aspects of podiatry, including surgery, and he will be happy to walk you through your treatment options to find the best option for your needs.
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