The Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Ron Brooks is recovering from foot surgery, and is expected to be placed on the injured reserve list this week. According to Bills coach Chan Gailey, Brooks had surgery last week after breaking a metatarsal bone in his foot during practice last week. Gaily is optimistic Brooks will recover and be back again. “"They said it went extremely well, so we'll see where this takes us from here," Gailey said.
Foot may be necessary to correct a severe foot deformity or injury like the case of Brooks. However, it is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. We will examine your injury and work with you to decide if surgery is the best treatment for your pain.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity. Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
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