Ouch! Are You in Need of Reconstructive Surgery?

            In many cases, if you need to reconstructive foot or ankle surgery, you’ll know it pretty quickly. Reconstructive surgery is often need after severe breaks or sprains in your feet and ankles, and your podiatrist will always inform you of your options in those scenarios. Other times, reconstructive surgery will come as a last-resort decision in healing a more longstanding condition. In this blog, we’ll talk about the types of reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries we offer at Gentle Touch Foot Care and help you prepare for them.

Ankle Fractures

    An ankle fracture may affect one or more of the bones in your ankle. Ankle fractures can sometimes be healed through conservative methods, but in more severe cases, they will require reconstructive surgery to restore stability to the joint. More mild fractures can be treated with a realignment surgery that involves repositioning the broken bones, sometimes with a metal plate or screw. More complex fractures that involve an indentation on the bone will require bone grafting, which results in a longer recovery time.

Flat Feet

   Some people are born with flat feet, but others develop them later in life as the result of a fallen arch. If your arch collapse, it could completely change the way you walk, which could cause further problems in your hips and back. Typically, in this reconstructive surgery, the surgeon would recreate a natural arch by grafting the bone to the foot. Afterwards, physical therapy may be necessary to regain complete function of the foot.

Soft Tissue Masses

            Tumors in the feet are not often talked about but are still not completely uncommon. They take the form of soft lumps on the bottom of your feet and might cause you some pain. The relieving news is that most tumors found on the feet are benign, meaning they will likely not develop into cancer. Still, it’s best to have them removed as soon as possible. If your foot doctor confirms that the lump on your foot is a tumor, they’ll work with you to determine the best way to surgically remove it without limiting any of your foot’s function.

            Surgery can be scary, but our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, are ready to work with you from diagnosis to recovery. If you’re in Essex County or East Orange, NJ, and are in need of an evaluation, make an appointment online today or call Gentle Touch Foot Care at (973) 673-3668.