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When more conservative treatment methods aren't helpful, surgery may be the answer to your foot or ankle pain! Surgery from our Wesley Chapel podiatrists, Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas, may be recommended for a variety of conditions, ranging from ingrown toenails to bunions to arthritis.
Is foot and ankle surgery a good option for me?
Your Wesley Chapel foot doctors will consider several factors before suggesting surgery, including:
- Pain: Surgery may be recommended if you have severe or chronic pain. Your podiatrist will ask you questions about the severity of your pain, its duration, and how often it occurs. We will also want to hear about the effect of the pain on the quality of your life. For instance, have you stopped doing the things you enjoy because of your hammertoe? Does plantar fasciitis or bunions keep you from exercising?
- Your Gait: Walking normally can be difficult if you have a foot or ankle condition, injury, or abnormality. Unfortunately, changes to your gait don't just affect your feet and ankles—they may also have a larger impact on your entire body. Altering the way you walk can lead to hip, knee, or back pain. Luckily, surgery can improve your foot and ankle condition and restore your normal gait.
- Infection: Surgery may be needed to remove all or part of an infected ingrown toenail, for clearing out infected or dead skin tissue can help facilitate healing if you have a diabetic ulcer or other infected sore/wound. Signs and symptoms of an infection can include inflamed tissue, pus, warmth, pain, foul odor, and fever. Call your foot doctor immediately if you notice any of these signs and symptoms.
- Walking and Standing: Walking, running, or even standing can be painful or difficult if you have bunions, hammertoes, a torn Achilles tendon, an ankle instability, arthritis in your feet/ankles, or a fracture. During surgery, your podiatrist can fix all of these issues!
Could foot and ankle surgery help you? Call your podiatrists in Wesley Chapel, FL, today at (813) 909-0865 to schedule an appointment and find out!
Ankle and foot issues can slow you down significantly, especially when they begin affecting walking and standing comfortably. However, your podiatrist can help you overcome your ankle or foot condition and get back on your feet with foot or ankle surgery. Learn about some conditions commonly treated by ankle or foot surgery with Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL.
Common Foot and Ankle Issues
Of the body’s 206 bones, 26 of them lie within your foot alone along with more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. The foot’s complex and important anatomy affects your entire body. With all of these moving parts, the feet are easily injured, sometimes making it difficult to narrow down the source of foot or ankle pain or discomfort. Some common conditions affecting the feet and ankles include:
- broken bones
- joint problems
- chronic ankle instability
- plantar fasciitis
If your foot pain begins affecting your daily life, walking or standing, you should consult with your podiatrist to come up with the best treatment plan for you.
Diagnosing Foot and Ankle Conditions
Diagnosing foot and ankle conditions can sometimes problematic due to the wide range of potential conditions. Your doctor will use a physical examination to investigate your foot pain. Your family and medical history and recounting your lifestyle and daily routine also help in the diagnostic process. Normally, your doctor will utilize imaging techniques like MRIs or x-rays to delve further into your foot or ankle’s anatomy and visualize problems with the bones or connective tissues.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Land O’ Lakes, FL
While treatments usually begin more conservatively, surgery is a common treatment for foot and ankle problems. Some of the most popular surgeries include bunionectomy to remove bunions, hammertoe surgery to realign the tendons in the toes, metatarsal surgery to correct problems within the foot’s joints, neuroma removal and surgery to correct the effects of arthritis which can include fusing the bone together or replacing the ankle joint altogether. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment plan is best for you.
For more information on ankle or foot surgery, please contact Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Call (813) 909-0865 to schedule your consultation with your podiatrist today!
In many cases, foot issues can be resolved with therapy, medication or just wearing an orthotic device. But there are a few painful and troublesome podiatric problems that may require surgery. Get diagnosed by your podiatrists Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at the Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in the Wesley Chapel, FL area so that you can discuss the best course of treatment for your case.
Managing Podiatric Problems
It’s not easy living with a foot condition or foot pain—especially when your average day is mostly composed of walking, standing, driving or lifting heavy objects for hours. Foot problems usually develop progressively over a course of months or years; if they aren’t identified and corrected early the symptoms can become difficult to treat. Some patients who have podiatric problems must undergo surgical procedures to get relief.
Foot and Ankle Problems that May Require Surgery
Your Wesley Chapel foot and ankle surgeon will explore non-invasive solutions with you, but if they don’t work surgery may be the recommendation. Here is a list of the podiatric problems that may require surgery:
- An advanced case of bunions (deformed bone tissue may need to be removed through a procedure called a bunionectomy).
- Foot fracture (bone fragments are realigned and reinforced with implants).
- Ankle fracture, sprain or severe arthritis (total ankle replacement surgery).
- Ingrown toenail (part of the toenail must be removed to make room for healthy tissue).
A Consultation is the First Step to Healing
If you are diagnosed with one of these podiatric problems, a consultation with a foot and ankle surgeon is the first step that you must take. The initial appointment includes a visual exam and X-rays. The good news is that in many cases these foot surgeries can be completed on an outpatient basis—you’ll likely visit the office for the procedure and go home the same day with aftercare instructions.
Make an Appointment Today
If you have a foot condition that’s causing you pain and grief, your Wesley Chapel foot and ankle surgeon can help. Call Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center at (813) 909-0865 today to schedule an exam and consultation.