Podiatric surgery involves procedures both simple and complex: hammertoe to tendon repair, skin biopsy to ankle arthroscopy, bunion correction to flat foot reconstruction. Surgery is often necessary treatment for relief of many painful foot deformities and traumatic injuries.
Prior to any surgery, conservative treatments will be attempted and may include immobilization, physical therapy, injection therapy, anti-inflammatory therapy, orthotics or bracing. Diagnostic imaging: x-rays, bone scans or advanced imaging such as MRI will be used to aid in the diagnosis and assist in surgical planning.
Surgery is usually performed in a surgery centre with sedation anesthesia. Minor procedures may be performed in the office depending on the complexity of the procedure.
Our surgeons will educate you about your problem, the corrective procedures and the expected course and outcomes. You will be informed about possible risks and complications so that you can make an informed decision. In some situations surgery is the only suitable method of treatment, but in most cases it is elective.
When should you consider foot or ankle surgery? We suggest:
- When you experience more painful days than non-painful days.
- When conservative treatments have failed to give adequate relief.
- When your foot pain stops you from doing the things that you need or want to do.
Foot and ankle surgery by a podiatric surgeon at Calgary Foot Clinic is considered private surgery. A benefit of private surgery is that we are able to provide surgical dates quickly. There will be charges for your peri-operative care and any surgical shoes or braces required after surgery. All costs will be disclosed prior to surgery. In some cases, third-party insurance programs may cover some of these costs. It is important that you check with your insurer prior to surgery.