How To Decide If You Need Foot Surgery Every patient and every injury is different.  It is impossible to tell whether or not a patient needs surgery unless an experienced podiatrist performs a full exam, including x-rays and a full history of your foot injuries.  There are conservative approaches including therapy, rehabilitation and injections that we can try before surgery.  Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS will only perform surgery when absolutely necessary for the patient to return to full health.  If you have a foot or ankle injury, we encourage you to browse the free resources on our website and don’t hesitate to call the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at 512-328-8900.