What to Know About Foot and Ankle Surgery

Don’t be left in the dark about your upcoming podiatric surgery.

There are many reasons why your Hastings podiatrist Dr. David Mansky may recommend surgery, particularly if you aren’t experiencing relief from any other treatment options. Here are some conditions that may warrant surgery when conservative measures just don’t eliminate the symptoms:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Metatarsal surgery
  • Chronic ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Plantar fasciitis

This is not an exhaustive list of conditions so if you are experiencing pain or other symptoms it’s important that you come in for a proper diagnosis.

What are some things I should expect when I come in for surgery?

During your consultation, we will discuss your anesthesia options. Some minor surgeries can easily be performed under local or conscious sedation while others may require general anesthesia.

Some surgeries are outpatient, meaning that you can go home the same day as your surgery once your Hastings foot doctor has cleared you. Other patients may need to stay overnight for monitoring.

One simple way to make your procedure easier on you is to opt for loose, comfortable clothing that won’t get in the way.

Should I stop taking medications or supplements prior to my surgery?

Some medications are unsafe to take before or after your foot or ankle surgery and your foot doctor in Hastings will go over your medication, vitamin and supplement regime to tell you which ones you should stop taking. These may include:

  • NSAIDs like Advil, Motrin and Aleve
  • Aspirin (which can increase bleeding)
  • Some steroids (which can impede healing)
  • Birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy (which may increase blood clots)
  • Certain OTC supplements or herbs

Always tell us about all the medications and supplements you are taking, whether prescription or over-the-counter.

How do I care for my foot after surgery?

We will send you home with detailed instructions about how to care for your foot or ankle after your surgery. You may experience some pain, bruising, swelling or discomfort for a few days afterwards. We can talk to you about the best ways to reduce those symptoms to make the healing process a bit easier.

You may be restricted when it comes to movement so be sure to prepare your home prior to your surgery so that it’s easier to get around and get the items you’ll need.

You will also need to come back into our office about a week or two later for a follow-up. This visit will give us the opportunity to make sure everything is healing properly.

If you have questions about an upcoming surgery or are concerned about a current foot problem turn to Dr. Mansky for all of your foot needs. Call our office today!