Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Surgery Questions

If you have questions about foot and ankle surgery in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. Our experienced doctors have advanced training in procedures such as reconstructive surgery, nerve decompression surgery, and even surgeries to repair procedures that were botched by other doctors.

 

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  • Will my foot hurt after surgery?

    Surgery requires the cutting of skin and bone, the swelling that results from this action streachs the nerves in the local tissue and your brain recieves the perception of pain.  This is minimalized with the use of anti inflammatory drugs and pain relievers called narcotics.

  • Can I walk after surgery?

    This is discussed on a case to case basis with the surgeon and the patient. It depends on the surgery being preformed and the goals and expectations of the surgical management.

  • Is foot surgery safe for the elderly?

    All surgical procedures are discussed with patients and family to determine the risk and benefits. Consultation and medical clearance with the patients medical doctor may be required for those that are very ill.

  • Do I need to wear orthotics after foot surgery?

    It depends on the procedure that is preformed. Most orthopedic foot and ankle procedures are performed on bones that are misshaped or misaligned.  Orthotics are used control the instability of the foot as a whole complex, this includes the bones and the soft tissues.  Orthotics after most surgeries are recommended initially to help control the foot and ankle to allow proper rehabilitation.  The discontinuation of orthotics is determined for each individual patient.

  • Who is best qualified to do my foot surgery?

    You should look for foot and ankle physicians that are board certified by an accredited nationally regonized association. Our Doctors are board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine.

  • Will my hammertoes come back after surgery?

    If the etiology, or source of the deformity is corrected, the surgical correction is expected to be life long.

  • I have a high arch, why do I have hammertoes?

    High Arched feet, or Pes Cavus, often cause a musculoskeletal imbalance at the metatarsal phalageal  and proximal interphalangeal joints.  This imbalance cause an over-powering of one set of muscles over another causing the digit to hammer.  As time goes on the deformity becomes more progressive and permanent.

  • How long does it take to recover from a hammertoe surgery?

    Depending the exact procudure preformed recover may be 4-6 weeks or 6-8 weeks.

  • What can I do for a corn on the end of my toe?

    These corns are more accurately described as a distal clavus. These are formed when the deformity of the digit turns the end of the digit towards the ground.  The repeative trauma of walking on this skin causes the body to try and protectitself, therby building up a space occupying lesions. When these become very thick and hard they may become painful when walking.

  • Do you have to break my toe to fix a hammertoe?

    The  correction of a hammertoe deformity requires a procedure called an arthroplasty or arthrodesis.  These procedures involve the removal of bone and soft tissue with meticulous surgical technique and instruments.