Foot & Ankle Surgery
Ideally, foot and ankle surgery should be considered a last resort. Even for bony deformities like bunions or hammertoes, conservative measures can be used to help you alleviate your pain and engage in full activity. If we can spare you the knife, we will.
However, sometimes a surgical procedure truly is necessary in order to deliver the relief you need and deserve. At Northwood Foot and Ankle Center, we’ll never rush or push you into a surgery you don’t need, but when it’s finally time, we’ll make sure you’re treated properly. Our team of expert foot and ankle surgeons are constantly training and expanding their abilities with the latest research and techniques, so that your surgery can go as smoothly as successfully as possible and you can be back on your feet quickly.
Each foot is unique. The procedures selected for a given foot surgery must reflect that, and we also must take into consideration other factors. For example: What kind of lifestyle do you want to have? What do you need from your feet on a daily basis? Our surgeons will not only perform a thorough examination of your condition, but also talk with you at length about your goals, your concerns, and your expectations. Through this process, we’ll develop a surgical plan that offers the best solution for your condition and your life.
Some foot surgeries are chosen to excise unwanted masses of tissue, like neuromas or bone spurs. Others are meant to release or relax tight structures—for example releasing a tendon pulling painfully on your heel. Some conditions, like bunions or flatfoot correction, may require more complicated reconstructive surgeries where bones must be cut, realigned, and/or fused to restore a healthy structure and function to the feet.
Should I See a Podiatrist or an Orthopedic Surgeon?
In general, both podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons can perform surgical procedures on the feet and ankles. However, orthopedic surgeons work on many different parts of the body, including knees, hips, shoulders, arms, etc. By contrast, podiatrists focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating problems of the feet and ankles—it’s all they do, all day. In our view, this makes them the superior choice for foot and ankle care, surgical and otherwise.
Are You Ready for Surgery?
Choosing an experienced, exceptional surgeon is extremely important. But it’s also important that you are ready for the procedure, too—both how to prepare for it, and how to take care of yourself after it. Recovery times vary significantly based on the selected procedures and the severity of the initial condition—you may be able to walk out the door, or you may need a few weeks or months off your feet. No matter the circumstances, our team will always make sure you know what to expect, and get detailed instructions for your aftercare. When you fully follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, you give yourself the best chance for a quick, full, complication-free recovery.
Those are the basics, but of course there’s a lot more detail to cover once you’ve gotten your diagnosis! If foot pain is bringing you down and preventing you from living a full life, give Northwood Foot and Ankle Center a call. You can reach our Holland office at (616) 393-8886.