In recent years, minimally invasive surgery has garnered increasing attention as a potential solution for correcting foot and ankle deformities. Unlike traditional open procedures that require large incisions, minimally invasive surgery involves small, precise incisions. The anticipated advantages of this type of surgery include the preservation of blood supply, reduced harm to adjacent soft tissues, and a decreased incidence of wound complications. Minimally invasive surgical techniques can be performed for deformities such as flat feet, bunions, and hammertoe surgeries. If you have foot or ankle deformities, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether minimally invasive surgery can help you.
Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. John R. Northrup of Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.