Unlike some more serious conditions like cancer or a stroke, foot injuries from non-acute trauma rarely require emergency surgery. That’s not to say that foot surgery isn’t serious business, but oftentimes you can be a little more flexible in deciding if and when a surgery is right for you. But how will you know when it’s the right time to have foot surgery? We share some signs that it’s the right time for foot surgery in today’s blog.
When Should I Undergo Foot Surgery?
If your foot has been crushed by heavy machinery at work, it’s a clear sign that you need surgery. But what are other some more subtle signs that it’s time for foot surgery?
1. Weeks Of Failed Nonoperative Treatment – Most foot specialists will want you to try at least six weeks of conservative interventions before they even consider an operation. If you’ve tried a few different treatments and nothing seems to be working over the course of a number of weeks, it may be a sign that it’s time for surgery.
2. Between Seasons – One of the good things about an elective foot or ankle surgery is that you can be a little more flexible about when you choose to go under the knife. For many athletes, that’s during the offseason. If you’ve been plagued by repeated ankle sprains and ankle instability, and conservative care isn’t doing the trick, you may want to schedule your procedure for the end of the season. This will give you as much time as possible to recover and rehab before next season rolls around.
3. Doctor Recommends It – One of the more obvious indications that you could benefit from a foot operation is if your foot or ankle surgeon recommends it. Surgery is a big undertaking that a surgeon doesn’t take lightly, so if they believe you can recover without the operation, oftentimes that’s the route they’ll pursue. With that said, if they look at your foot and feel that surgery is your best bet, it’s likely in your best interest to schedule your operation.
4. Visible Deformity – If there is a visible deformity with your foot, even if it’s not painful, it’s an indication that you may need a minimally invasive surgery. There might not be pain now, but if there’s deformity, it’s likely only going to get worse if you keep doing the same things, and pain will eventually follow. For unsightly bunions or hammertoes, consider a minimally invasive surgery.
5. Severe Decrease In Quality Of Life – If your foot condition is significantly decreasing your quality of life, now is the time to talk to a specialist about your surgical options. You shouldn’t have to deal with daily foot pain or miss out on some of your favorite activities because of your foot issue, especially when a surgical procedure can help get you back on your feet. If you’re shying away from activities or dread taking that first step in the morning, consult with a foot surgeon.
If you check any of the above boxes, or just want to learn more about your foot condition, reach out to Dr. Silverman and the team at Silverman Ankle & Foot today.