Have a Question About Your Foot or Ankle Injury? Find the Answer Here!
Do you have a question about your condition that nobody seems to be able to answer? Our podiatrists have answered many foot and ankle inquiries, and we have listed the answers here to help other patients relieve their pain. Use the search bar to get fast facts from our FAQ page.
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How long does it take to recover from foot surgery?
The length of time it takes to recover from foot surgery depends on the type of surgery being performed. For example, an ingrown toenail procedure may cause pain for the day the procedure is performed. Patients may require soft footwear or shoes that do not put pressure on the toenail for 1-2 days after the procedure.
However, if you are having a bunionectomy or hammertoe surgery, that is a longer recovery. Most of the time the recovery period is 4-6 weeks in a specialized post-op shoe. This shoe does not allow any bending in the front part of the foot, allowing the surgery to heal. During the healing process you would be able to put full weight on your foot with the post-op shoe.
For more complicated procedures, including rearfoot surgery (at the back of the foot), the recovery can be even longer. This could require you to be off your foot with crutches, and the recovery could be as long as 4-6 months (not all the time would be on crutches).
It is extremely important before you decide to go ahead with foot surgery to plan to have the appropriate amount of time needed to heal. Your recovery will be longer and more painful if you try to rush back to work or life too quickly. Make an appointment with Podiatry Care Specialists, PC, in West Chester, PA, to discuss your individual case by calling (877) 905-5907.
Do hammertoes go away without treatment?
With a hammertoe condition, the involved toe is contracted such that the middle joint is pushed upward causing the ends of your toe to bend downward. This abnormal position may very well not cause any problems or need to be treated, however if the condition continues without treatment, your toe may become rigid and unable to move out of this position. This can lead to painful corns on the top of the bent joint where it rubs against your shoe. Finding footwear that accommodates your hammertoe deformity will help to prevent the painful symptoms associated with this condition. Orthotic shoe inserts may also alleviate pain by reducing pressure on the area and correcting biomechanics that could be aggravating the situation.
For more information on caring for hammertoes, or tips on the best footwear choices for you, contact Podiatry Care Specialists, PC by using our online appointment request form, or by calling one of our 5 southeastern Pennsylvania offices at (877) 905-5907.
Could my shoes be causing my bunion?
Footwear is not the reason behind your bunion, but there are types of shoes which can certainly aggravate it. Inheritance and certain foot types are typically the cause of bunions. However, footwear that is narrow and pointy, especially high heels that place an abundance of pressure on your forefoot, are definitely shoes to avoid as they can cause stress and friction on the protruding joint, increasing your discomfort. Instead choose shoes with low heels and plenty of wiggle room for your toes. You may also want to consider orthotic shoe inserts which can help to redistribute your weight more evenly, taking pressure away from the area. We can even make custom devices to address your specific needs.
If you have a bunion, or want to learn more about this common deformity, call us for an appointment at (877) 905-5907 or come visit us at one of our convenient southeastern PA offices. We can help ease your pain.