Shady Grove Podiatry offers reconstructive foot and ankle surgery for a range of painful, debilitating conditions. We utilize innovative surgical techniques to correct foot and ankles issues related to your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage or muscles.
Our goal at Shady Grove Podiatry is to make sure our patients return to peak performance and find relief from their foot pain, heel pain or ankle pain. Despite our focus on conservative, non-surgical management of foot and ankle conditions, there are situations when advanced reconstructive surgery is necessary to get people back on their feet.
The podiatrists at Shady Grove Podiatry are board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and are highly trained in reconstruction foot and ankle interventions. In addition, our state-of-the-art healthcare technology ensures that our patients are receiving the highest quality care in reconstructive foot and ankle treatment.
Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery may be necessary for some of the following conditions:
- Diabetic foot conditions
- Flat feet
- Foot and ankle arthritis
- Heel pain
- Sports injury
- Traumatic injury
When to Seek Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery
Whether you’ve suffered an injury from an accident or trauma, need revision surgery, or need correction of a congenital abnormality, the skilled podiatrists at Shady Grove Podiatry are here to help. Our podiatrists are highly trained in a variety of foot and ankle surgical procedures – many of which are minimally invasive. We do our very best to stay up to date on the latest techniques and technologies to help you recover faster and more effectively.
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to correct the underlying issue and relieve pain and discomfort. If you’ve been diagnosed with a foot or ankle condition and need surgery or are concerned about an underlying condition, the podiatrists from Shady Grove Podiatry are here to help.
We offer a wide range of surgical options beyond those of the average foot doctor. We specialize in structural repair for individuals of all ages.
Common reasons people see a foot and ankle surgeon:
- A diagnosed injury such as a sprain or broken bone
- A medical condition that affects circulation in the feet
- Discomfort while bearing weight
- Inability to participate in certain activities
- Painful chronic conditions of the foot, ankle or lower leg
- Swelling that won’t go away
- Unusual growths
What to Expect
Your specific surgical procedure will depend on a variety of factors, including your diagnosis, age and severity and duration of the symptoms. Typically, some form of anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
Next, your podiatrist will make small incisions and use a camera guided arthroscope to locate the area of injury and make the necessary repairs such as setting broken bones, repairing or replacing injured tendons or ligaments and using pins or screws or prosthetics to restore the joint. If your condition or injury is more severe, more invasive surgery may provide better results. Your surgeon will determine the best course of action for your situation.
Sutures or staples will be used to close the incisions and will be bandaged and bracing may be used, such as a splint or cast, to help keep the limb immobile to maintain proper healing of the foot or ankle.
Recovery time after foot or ankle reconstruction varies based on your specific injury and the procedure performed. You may be advised to utilize a walking aid such as crutches or a knee scooter for the first few weeks after surgery to avoid using the affected limb.
Here are some other items your podiatrist may recommend to aid in healing and reduce discomfort:
- Get plenty of rest
- Take prescribed medication to reduce pain and fight infection
- Use ice to reduce swelling
- Keep the affected leg elevated
- Use compression bandages
Once your initial recovery phase is over, your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy or have you perform rehabilitative exercises to help stretch and strengthen the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
Your recovery may take several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of your condition. However, your foot surgeon will be able to give you a reasonable timeline and will have you schedule a post-operative appointment to ensure your injury is healing properly. It’s important to wait to get the green light before resuming activities that require the use of your foot or ankle.
Understanding your condition and the surgical process, coupled with adhering to your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attending all of your post-operative appointments and rehabilitative treatments, will help increase the success of your foot and ankle surgery.
Contact Shady Grove Podiatry Today
For further information regarding reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, contact us online or call Shady Grove Podiatry in Gaithersburg, Maryland today at 301-948-2995.