Foot And Ankle Surgery
Your feet carry you, making them one of the most integral parts of your body when it comes to maintaining your mobility and independence. If you need foot or ankle surgery, it’s imperative that you choose a specialist, called a podiatrist, who has extensive experience in the procedure you’re scheduled to receive.
For trusted podiatry services in the Greater New York area, contact the Starrett Podiatry clinic nearest you. Locations include East Harlem and West Harlem in New York City; Brooklyn, New York; and Mott Haven and Belmont in Bronx, New York.
When is surgery appropriate?
Surgery is usually reserved as a last resort treatment because it has more risks than conservative treatment options. However, when you have a condition that causes you pain and limits your mobility, and conservative approaches can't achieve results, surgery can get you back on your feet without pain.
The doctors at Starrett Podiatry can offer a second opinion on your condition if you’re not sure about your treatment plan or current course of action.
Which conditions are commonly treated surgically?
Surgery can be an effective way to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems, including:
- Trauma to your foot or ankle
- Torn Achilles tendon
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorders
- Arthritis in the foot and ankle
- Flat foot
- Torn or sprained ligaments
- Heel spurs
Can I go home after surgery?
Most foot and ankle surgeries are outpatient procedures. Some complex or invasive surgeries may require an overnight stay in the hospital, and some patients with complex health problems or conditions that increase their risk of complications may need to stay in the hospital overnight.
What kind of anesthesia is used for foot and ankle surgery?
Many foot and ankle surgeries are performed with local anesthesia, which means you’re awake but unable to feel pain in the treatment area.
Some surgeries require general anesthesia or light sedation, depending on the patient’s age and tolerance level, the length of time in surgery, and the complexity of the surgery.
When general anesthesia is required, your podiatrist will provide you with details in advance to ensure you have a driver available after the surgery and make arrangements for transportation over the next 24 – 48 hours.
Can I choose my own podiatrist?
If your primary care provider has recommended a podiatrist, you have the option to choose one you prefer instead. Let your primary care doctor know that you would like to schedule your podiatry appointments at Starrett Podiatry.
Starrett Podiatry offers many surgeries on site and some surgeries off-site in a hospital setting. Your podiatrist and team will ensure you know where to report for surgery.