Hospital-based foot and ankle surgery performed by a podiatrist involves surgical interventions on the lower extremities, focusing specifically on the foot and ankle. Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the feet, ankles, and lower extremities.
When surgery is required to address issues such as fractures, deformities, wounds, infections, injuries, or chronic conditions such as arthritis, soft tissue masses or severe plantar fasciitis, podiatrists with surgical training may perform these procedures in a hospital setting. This setting provides access to specialized equipment, operating rooms, and resources necessary for more complex surgical interventions.
Some of the surgeries podiatrists from our office perform in the hospital setting include, but are not limited to:
Correction of a bunion, which is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.
2. Wound Debridement:
Wound care surgery performed by a podiatrist in a hospital setting involves the treatment and management of complex or non-healing wounds on the feet or lower extremities for the benefit of limb salvage. Podiatrists specializing in wound care have expertise in addressing various conditions that may lead to chronic or difficult-to-heal wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, venous ulcers, or traumatic injuries.
3. Tendon or Ligament Repair:
Surgery may be required to repair torn or damaged tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle.
4. Fracture Repair:
Surgical intervention to align and stabilize fractured bones in the foot or ankle.
5. Surgical Management of a Neuroma:
Surgical management may include decompression of the nerve or Removal of a swollen or thickened nerve, often between the toes, known as a neuroma.
These surgeries often aim to alleviate pain, correct deformities, restore function, and improve overall foot and ankle health. The procedures can vary in complexity and may involve traditional open surgeries or minimally invasive techniques, depending on the specific condition and the podiatrist's expertise.
Before recommending surgery, our podiatrists exhaust non-invasive treatment options like medication, physical therapy, orthotics, and lifestyle modifications. Surgery becomes a consideration when conservative treatments fail to provide relief or improvement.
Hospital-based foot and ankle surgery by a podiatrist emphasizes specialized care in addressing issues related to these areas, ensuring patients receive comprehensive treatment options for their specific foot and ankle conditions.