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What is foot surgery with pins or plates like?

What is foot surgery with pins or plates like?

Difficult Q: Wow! That question is pandoras box!

as an experienced foot and ankle surgeon I am interpreting your question to be about some type of reconstruction.

I will say that in general these procedures are successful....But... As I tell all my patients "the recovery is long! "

foot surgery takes up to a year or more to fully recover from. If someone is telling you its no big deal get another opinio. ...Read more

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Foot Surgery (Definition)

Foot surgery is any surgical procedure or treatment involving cutting involving the foot. Foot surgery is often categorized by skin and soft tissue procedures, forefoot surgery, or rearfoot surgery. However, some insurance companies (ie: medicare) categorize cutting of toenails as "surgery" on ...Read more


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I have had foot surgery & have 2 pins in 2 toes these are to be removed in 2 weeks. How soon will I be able to drive?

I have had foot surgery & have 2 pins in 2 toes these are to be removed in 2 weeks. How soon will I be able to drive?

Drive after surgery: This depends upon your surgeon. Ask the surgeon when it's safe to drive. Typically after the pins are removed or a week later depending on the position of the toes, and the x-ray status. Cannot always give a set time... ...Read more

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Is it a way to have cosmetic foot surgery to make them smaller? I'm not sure what the medical term is, but my right foot is way longer than my left.

Is it a way to have cosmetic foot surgery to make them smaller? I'm not sure what the medical term is, but my right foot is way longer than my left.

Reconstruction: It will be major reconstructive surgery with very few surgeons who are capable and agree to do that for normal feet. Consult orthopedic surgeon, who will probably explain to you not to look for such type of correction. ...Read more

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I had a foot surgery and they put a pin in on my second toe. Now it feels really tighter and a bump is coming? Whatshould I do?

Foot surgery: Although more info is needed, your best first thing to do is see your surgeon. He/she is your best source of help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

Depends: It depends on the specific procedure that is done. You will likely need to be off your foot with limited weight bearing and activity for 4 to 6 weeks. You will need to keep your foot elevated. ...Read more

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Can a person with neuropathy have mild burning that comes and goes? I had foot surgery in the summer, but I've been having mild burning in my left leg

Can a person with neuropathy have mild burning that comes and goes? I had foot surgery in the summer, but I've been having mild burning in my left leg

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Can a person have a mild form of crps (left leg below knee)? I had foot surgery in the summer.

Can a person have a mild form of crps (left leg below knee)? I had foot surgery in the summer.

YES, BUT.....: Theoretically, yes. It can stop at a particular stage. But, CRPS can be devastating and life changing. I send my patients to a clinic well-versed in the treatment of CRPS. I never treat it myself.

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I had left foot surgery 8 months ago (navicular area). My foot has been hurting a lot also causing ankle pain. Can the mitek bone anchor be removed?

I had left foot surgery 8 months ago (navicular area). My foot has been hurting a lot also causing ankle pain. Can the mitek bone anchor be removed?

It would be: Difficult to remove but it can be removed. I would question whether or not its the actual anchor that is hurting. Usually a tendon is tacked down when using the anchor and perhaps the tendon is tied down to tight or something like that. In cases like this always ask the doc why he thinks you still have pain and what your options are. ...Read more

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Hyper-pigmentation on my left leg due to mild crps or from fiberglass cast (i had on after foot surgery for 3 weeks, but was removed 8 months ago)?

Hyper-pigmentation on my left leg due to mild crps or from fiberglass cast (i had on after foot surgery for 3 weeks, but was removed 8 months ago)?

Both: Casts being placed on for long time can result in skin discoloration. This should resolve in a few days to weeks though. Crps changes typically take longer to resolve and may not resolve suggesting its presence. ...Read more

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I had foot surgery on my left foot to fix my flat foot and the doctor said that they fused my bone and put a screw. When can I walk? Physical therapy?

This discussion: Should ONLY take place with your surgeon. From your description it is unclear if you had a subtalar stent placed in or if you had a flatfoot reconstruction. If a subtalar stent was put in then the "screw" isn't really a screw its an implant and it did not get placed into any bone, rather was placed ina a canal between the ones. ...Read more

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What exactly happens after foot surgery?

What exactly happens after foot surgery?

Follow docs orders: Discuss you post operative care with your foot surgeon. They should give you detailed instructions on what you need to do and what you might expect following surgery. The patient must participate in their care to receive the best outcomes. Dr l. ...Read more

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What generally happens in a foot surgery?

What generally happens in a foot surgery?

Foot surgery: It depends on the patient, surgical procedure, and surgeon. To difficult to answer without more information. ...Read more

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Does foot surgery involve hopsitalization?

Does foot surgery involve hopsitalization?

Usually not: Most foot surgery is performed at surgery centers or as outpatient hospital surgery. If you are having extensive foot surgery, or you have a medical problem such as diabetes, have a major infection you might be hospitalized. Ask your foot surgeon for more specifics. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to foot surgery?

What are the alternatives to foot surgery?

Live with it!: Most foot surgery is elective, you can elect to have it done, or you can elect not to. You can try pads, shoe stretching, medications, more supportive and cushioned insoles. But in the end, your problem is still there... You are treating without cure. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for foot surgery?

What is the recovery time for foot surgery?

Recovery: For foot surgery is based on the type of diagnosis. If it is a foot or ankle reconstruction or repairing any bone or tendon structure, it will take at least 6-10 weeks and sometimes longer. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for foot surgery?

What is the recovery time for foot surgery?

Depends...: Kind of a broad question. There are different types of surgical procedures. Toenail procedures or skin biopsies have little to no down time. Bunions can vary from 6-8 weeks recuperation and more extensive rearfoot surgery may take up to months. Need to restore proper alignment in the joint, restore proper mechanics in the foot, and reduce pain symptoms. Bonus aesthetically pleasing. ...Read more

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What can I expect from foot surgery recovery?

What can I expect from foot surgery recovery?

Good Question: Depending on the type of foot surgery. You may have swelling, pain [controlled with medication]. Immobilization. Dressing changes. Physical therapy. I suggest you discuss post op care with the surgeon. ...Read more

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What should I know before having foot surgery?

What should I know before having foot surgery?

Everything: It is important to understand the planned procedure (s), probable post operative course and possible complications. Discuss in detail with your surgeon. There are many good foot surgeons. Visit acfas. Org. Dr l. ...Read more

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I'm having a foot surgery. What will I need to wear?

I'm having a foot surgery. What will I need to wear?

Depends on the surg: The doctor may want you to wear a surgical shoe or a fracture boot. You may need a cast following the surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: foot surgery?

Broad question: Foot surgery is any surgical procedure or treatment involving cutting involving the foot. Foot surgery is often categorized by skin and soft tissue procedures, forefoot surgery, or rearfoot surgery. However, some insurance companies (ie: medicare) categorize cutting of toenails as "surgery" on their explanation of benefits. ...Read more

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How do I drive and how long to recover from foot surgery?

How do I drive and how long to recover from foot surgery?

Talk to your Surgeon: These are questions that are best discussed with your surgeon because the answers can vary quite vastly depending on the nature of the condition and the surgery performed. ...Read more

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I started having foot surgery and want to know if there is any advise?

I started having foot surgery and want to know if there is any advise?

Advice: Follow the instructions of your surgeon. Before surgery if you have any questions ask all of them before you have any work done. ...Read more

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40 year old male had a work related injury and had foot surgery 4 years ago (after the incident) foot still hurts and limps. Can anything to cure pain?

40 year old male had a work related injury and had foot surgery 4 years ago (after the incident) foot still hurts and limps. Can anything to cure pain?

Step by Step.: He can start by having a thorough re-examination of his foot. The past treatment as well as surgical histories should be reviewed as well. Based on the findings, as well as his immediate situation, a treatment plan can be established to address his problems. ...Read more

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What effect does smoking have on foot surgery?

What effect does smoking have on foot surgery?

Please see below: Smoking is associated with delay in wound healing due to decreasing blood supply to the periphery. This happens if you smoked for long time. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the procedure for laser foot surgery?

Please help! What is the procedure for laser foot surgery?

Only for skin: Lasers are used on nails and soft tissue to treat fungus or remove a skin cyst but it is not used on bone. ...Read more

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Could foot surgery affect my running ability?

Yes: Depends on the type of foot surgery. Simple bunion or hammertoe surgery will not affect you as much as other foot surgeries such as reconstruction foot surgery. However, even with a bunion or hammertoe surgery you will need to adjust your running regiment until your foot swelling and pain subsides. Your doctor who is doing the surgery should answer and clarify this for you. ...Read more