The Best Time to Consider Surgery for Foot and Ankle Conditions: Exploring Non-Surgical Options First
One of the more common questions we receive from patients is, “When is the best time to consider surgery for my foot or ankle condition?” At our practice, we always strive to explore non-surgical methods to resolve such conditions. However, there are instances where surgical intervention becomes necessary.
The answer to this question depends entirely on the type of foot or ankle condition you are dealing with. In most cases, we can treat foot conditions using a variety of non-surgical methods. Our approach involves exhausting as many conservative treatment options as possible before considering surgery.
Some individuals may request surgery as their first line of treatment. In these situations, we generally follow the rule of giving the condition at least six months to heal before contemplating surgery. However, if a condition consistently causes pain and significantly affects your ability to work or perform daily activities, we may expedite the timeline.
Let’s take the example of a large, painful bunion. While we can provide temporary relief through cortisone shots, custom orthotics, and wider shoes, there aren’t many conservative options available. In such cases, surgery is often the best initial choice.
It’s not uncommon for people to be hesitant about undergoing surgery, regardless of the circumstances. This hesitation often stems from concerns about pain and the recovery period, which can last several weeks. However, when we determine that surgery is in the patient’s best interest, we emphasize that a 6 to 8-week healing process is well worth a lifetime of relief.
Fortunately, advancements in technology have allowed us to offer alternatives to surgery. Treatments like lasers, shockwave therapy, and regenerative medicine have enabled us to help more patients avoid surgical procedures. We prioritize exploring non-surgical methods first to heal foot and ankle conditions.
If we do conclude that surgery is the best option for your specific situation, we will engage in an open and honest discussion about the pros and cons. Our goal is not to convince anyone to undergo surgery, but rather to provide a thorough explanation of the available treatment options for your foot or ankle condition. This way, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and preferences.
At our practice, we are committed to delivering personalized care and ensuring that each patient receives the most suitable treatment plan for their condition. Whether it’s exploring non-surgical methods or considering surgical intervention, our focus is always on helping you find lasting relief and optimal foot and ankle health.