When you hear the term “reconstructive surgery,” you tend to think of something pretty specific — a procedure meant to reverse the results of a serious injury. Sometimes, this is precisely what reconstructive foot and ankle surgery is. But not always. Here’s what you need to know.
Reconstructive Surgery isn’t Just for Injuries
Not every problem is sudden. In many cases, it develops steadily over time, or you are even born with it. The term “reconstructive” doesn’t mean returning the body to what it once was, but restoring proper function, even if you never had it in the first place.
Of course, reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries usually treat conditions that develop later on in life. These include:
Reconstructive surgery can help after an injury, but it is also a solution for birth defects and long-term foot disorders.
Signs You May Need Foot or Ankle Surgery
It isn’t always clear when surgery is needed over other interventions. Ultimately, the only way to know if you need surgery is to be seen by a podiatrist. However, the following signs indicate you might benefit from surgical intervention.
- Pain that does not go away
- Pain that worsens over time
- Aching joints during and after exercise
- Struggles with mobility
If you notice any of the above signs, there is an issue present, and it is possible that reconstructive surgery is the solution.
Do you suspect that foot or ankle surgery could benefit you? Now is the time to schedule your consultation. Call us at 301-948-2995 or get in touch through our contact form.