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Common Symptoms Leading to Foot Surgery

Symptoms

Frisco foot surgery patients often want to know more about their symptoms before their appointment with RNV Podiatry. Our website offers a wealth of information about typical foot- and ankle-related conditions, which we invite you to explore.

Certain conditions are mild but cause enough discomfort to prompt treatment. Others may begin with subtle cues but become more serious and eventually require foot surgery. Learn what you can expect from your care with our practice.

Symptoms That May Suggest Larger Concerns

Before you read this list and begin worrying that you need foot surgery, you should understand that many symptoms can come from easily treatable and more problematic conditions alike. Still, it’s worth knowing what you should watch for so that you can tell Dr. Verville during your visit.

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel. If left untreated, this tendon can degenerate and rupture. Surgery reconnects the calf muscles with the heel bone to give you back push-off strength.
  • Serious pain in your ankle. This may be a sign of a fracture or sprain ankle, and more severe cases may require surgery.
  • Pain along the bottom of your foot may be a symptom of plantar fasciitis. While it’s uncommon for Frisco patients to have foot surgery to treat this condition, there are procedures that can release tension on the ligament or stretch certain foot nerves.
  • Severe bunions or hammertoe. Foot surgery can remove the swollen tissue from around the toe joint, straighten the toe, and realign the bones. Foot deformities or injuries can also cause blisters and calluses on the feet.
  • Significant pain in your foot may mean you have a fracture. Intense discomfort, swelling, blistering, and bruising may also be signs. In addition to surgery, treatment options include physical therapy and proper exercise.

Alternatives For Frisco Foot Surgery Patients

Dr. Verville follows a conservative approach to treatment. As a patient, you can expect her to:

  • Conduct a thorough examination.
  • Discuss your experience, symptoms, medical history, and changes in behavior.
  • Identify treatment options that can resolve your condition.

Foot surgery is typically last among these treatment recommendations. Often, Dr. Verville is able to help patients with measures that are as simple as new footwear, physical therapy, medication, and non-invasive procedures. Find out which approach is best for your care by visiting our practice.

Learn more about Frisco foot surgery and other treatment options with RNV Podiatry. Call (214) 385-8822 or online.

How Soon Can I Exercise After Foot Surgery?

Exercise
One of the most common reasons Frisco foot surgery patients end up needing treatment is because of an injury or condition related to exercise.

Maybe you’re a jogger who ruptured an Achilles tendon. Or, you might have fractured your ankle playing basketball. It’s also possible that you’ve developed uncomfortable bunions, calluses, or corns, and you need foot surgery before you can return to physical activity. In any of these cases, you likely want to know how long your recovery will take.

What Type of Foot Surgery Will You Have?

The healing process will depend in part on the procedure your podiatrist conducts. For example:

  • You can expect foot surgery that involves bone to take between four and six weeks to heal. Bone needs time to strengthen, especially because of its role in stability and mobility, and so most podiatrists will recommend a lengthier recovery period.
  • Non-acute trauma or elective surgery, like bunions, may heal faster. Since these procedures are not as invasive, you may be back to normal activities more quickly than with bone surgery.

The specific amount of time your recovery takes will also depend on the severity of your condition. One foot fracture may not be as significant as another; similarly, one bunion may not require as much incising as another.

Frisco Foot Surgery Patients Have Different Tolerances

After a procedure, your foot will likely be numb for 8-12 hours due to the anesthetic block. This should help you manage pain in the short-term.

At RNV Podiatry, Dr. Verville usually provides anti-pain and anti-nausea medication for when the anesthetic block wears off. She also advises patients about ways to improve their comfort in recovery.

That said, every person has a different threshold for pain. Some find it easier to manage the recovery from foot surgery than others. As a result, you may need more time to heal before you’re back on your feet.

No matter how comfortable your body feels after foot surgery, plan to ease your way back into exercise. Dr. Verville often finds that patients return to physical activity too soon or at a higher intensity level than they should, causing improper healing and risking re-injury. Invest extra time now, give yourself the opportunity to grow stronger, and get back into your routine when you are truly ready.

Frisco foot surgery patients, schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns. Call RNV Podiatry by phone at (214) 385-8822 or contact us online.

Choosing the Right Footwear for Running

Wearing the right running shoe can take you far…literally!

No matter your level of running (be it casual jogs or 5K competitions), what you wear on your feet matters. So as you shop for the best type of footwear, remember that there’s more to consider than the brand and color scheme. It is essential that you consider your particular foot type: low arch, normal arch, and high arch. Neglecting to do so could cause injury, impede your performance, and easily cause you to feel frustrated before your body is even warmed up.

This helpful guide from The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) can help you get started:

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Running and walking adds extra pressure on a person’s feet as it is, so the last thing you should do before you head outdoors (or to your treadmill) is cram your feet into tight-fitting, stiff, and uncomfortable shoes. According to The APMA, “Sport-specific shoes can really affect the way you play. Make sure to have your feet professionally measured by today’s podiatrist to find a correctly sized shoe.”

Whenever it comes to a physical activity, such as running, keep safety in mind. Unfortunately, too many people don’t do this and end up with foot problems as a result. WebMD.com provides a good list and explanation about some of the most common running injuries: “10 Common Running Injuries: Prevention and Treatment.”

Have questions for me? Feel free to schedule an appointment at my podiatry practice in Plano by calling: (214) 385-8822 or filling out my consultation request form

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