If you are suffering from pain or a deformity in your ankle or heels, we suggest reconstructive surgical intervention from your Scottsdale podiatrist to help alleviate pain, reduce deformity, and restore function. At Desert Foot Surgeons, Dr. Stephen Geller is able to perform a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions, such as structural conditions, trauma-related injuries, skin and nail conditions, and congenital deformities.
Foot and ankle surgeons are uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, as well as manage those foot conditions which can pose an ongoing threat to a patient’s overall health. Such illnesses include diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. In some cases, your Scottsdale podiatrist may recommend reconstructive foot surgery as the best approach to remedying your condition. Most foot and ankle surgeries are day surgeries and you will go home that same day, although you will need to arrange for a ride home. You will generally be given a local anesthetic and anesthesia per your anesthesiologist. After surgery you will possibly be given a long acting anesthetic and also receive pain medication. Proper healing and recovery after your reconstructive surgery is very important. Weight bearing on your foot depends on your procedure. A head procedure allows for immediate weight bearing, but we still feel that it is best to use crutches for 1-2 weeks. Base procedures require crutches for a longer period of time. First week after surgery keep your foot elevated as much as possible. Keep your foot dry for at least 2 weeks after surgery. One week after surgery you will have your dressing change, and the following week your sutures will be removed.
Dr. Geller will advise you when you can increase weight bearing and activities depending on your surgical procedure. Best results are achieved when patients are compliant with after-surgery instructions. By combining the medical, mechanical, and surgical treatment of foot problems, our office is able to provide treatment for the most challenging of foot problems. Please call our office to discuss if reconstructive foot surgery is the best option for you, and let our Scottsdale podiatrist get you back on your feet.