Ankle surgery may be performed if the ankle has been severely injured, or if there is existing arthritis or torn ligaments. Ankle fusion is a type of surgery that has increased dramatically in recent years. This may follow any conservative treatments that may have failed, leaving surgery as the only option. A displaced ankle fracture may require a closed reduction procedure to be performed. This is done by aligning the bones from the outside of the ankle, which may produce severe pain during the procedure. If the bones cannot be manipulated from the outside, an open reduction can be done that uses screws or plates. This may be a common type of surgery among patients who have ankle instability. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if having ankle surgery is right for you.
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 our office located in Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.