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With many people currently working from home, patients are considering this to be a great time for those elective surgeries since the post-operative down time will have little to no impact on work and activity schedules.

At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, our sugical suite is here in our clean and friendly office. Hence, our scheduling is very flexible and can accomodate most date requests from patients. Post-operative followups are also conveniently scheduled. See our surgical page for what surgeries are offered here at Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic.

Here are some more reasons from foothealthfacts.org that may guide you in choosing when to schedule that toe or foot surgery.

Make Your Feet Smile This Sandal Season

(article from foothealthfacts.org)

When summer hits, we are guaranteed at least three solid months of wearing sandals. Seeing your feet exposed may raise questions as to what could be ailing your feet. To help keep your feet healthy and happy for the summer and beyond, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers tips on what to look for with some of the most common foot conditions and when you should see a foot and ankle surgeon for proper treatment.

Surgeons add, getting to the root of the problem early on lends itself to better outcomes and shorter recovery time. Your foot and ankle surgeon can determine the best course of action to get your feet back to a healthy and comfortable state.

1. Bunion
Do you have a bump on the side of your big toe? It could be a bunion. Bunions are often thought to be caused by wearing narrow shoes when in fact they are an inherited condition aggravated by shoe wear. Good news is, they are treatable. Treatment may only require monitoring your feet and making modest modifications to footwear, or depending on the severity of the bunion, surgery may be the best option.

2. Hammertoe
Here is a test—relax and set your feet and toes flat on the ground. If it looks as though you are drawing up your toes toward the ceiling, you could have a hammertoe. Hammertoe is a bending deformity of one or both joints of your toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention. Hammertoes don’t get better without some kind of intervention.

3. Melanoma Skin Cancer
Yes, skin cancer can be found on your feet—in fact, melanoma (the most deadly type of skin cancer) is the type of skin cancer most frequently found on the feet. If you notice an abnormal freckle or mole anywhere on your foot, even under your toenail, it’s best to have it checked out by a foot and ankle surgeon. Early detection is key.

4. Haglund’s Deformity
If you notice a painful bony enlargement on the back of your heel, it could be a Haglund’s deformity—or often heard as a “pump bump.” The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes. This often leads to painful bursitis, which is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the tendon and the bone—the bursa. Foot and ankle surgeons can treat a Haglund’s deformity nonsurgically, but when conservative methods fail, surgery may be needed to relieve pain.

5. Tailor’s Bunion
While most people have heard of the most common type of bunions, which are near the big toe, another type of bunion is the tailor’s bunion or bunionette, which occurs near the little toe. If you notice a painful bump at the base of your little toe, it could be a tailor’s bunion. A foot and ankle surgeon can provide you with conservative methods of treatment as well as surgical options to help alleviate the pain.

When to Visit a Foot & Ankle Surgeon

(article from foothealthfacts.org)

Most people have a foot or ankle problem at one time or another. So how do you know when to see a foot and ankle surgeon? 

Sometimes it’s obvious that you need to seek help, but at other times it’s less clear. In reality, many symptoms—even those you can tolerate—may require professional attention to keep the underlying condition from worsening.

Here are some reasons to see a foot and ankle surgeon:

  • An injury (a sprain, broken bone, etc.)
  • A medical condition (diabetes, poor circulation, etc.) that can affect the feet
  • Impaired ability to function in certain activities
  • Heel pain in the morning
  • Any painful condition of the foot, ankle or lower leg
  • Discomfort after standing for awhile
  • Changes in the appearance of your foot or ankle
  • An abnormal growth
     

Foot and ankle surgeons treat all symptoms and conditions affecting the foot and ankle, such as:

  • bunions, 
  • heel pain (plantar fasciitis), 
  • flatfoot, 
  • foot or ankle arthritis, 
  • sports injuries, 
  • tendon disorders, 
  • fractures (broken bones), 
  • diabetes complications, 
  • ingrown toenails, 
  • neuromas,
  • dermatological conditions, 
  • tingly feet, 
  • hammertoes 
  • and much more. 

Check out our Surgery page to see a video on the new look of foot and ankle surgeons or to access our before and after photos.


Common Questions 

Is it normal to have pain in the foot or ankle?

No, pain or discomfort isn’t normal. It signals a problem that needs to be evaluated, diagnosed, and treated by a specialist who fully understands this part of the body.

If I go to a foot and ankle surgeon, does that mean my problem will be treated surgically?

No. In fact, foot and ankle surgeons are trained to make all reasonable efforts to treat foot and ankle problems non- surgically if at all possible. Surgery is recommended only if other options are not feasible or do not adequately relieve your problem.

Why would I need to see a foot and ankle surgeon? 

The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons—that’s a complicated network of tissues! And feet get quite a workout: They hold us up, plus absorb the shock of each step we take. The way your foot is structured, the way it works, and the way it affects other body areas (such as your back) add to its complexity. A foot and ankle surgeon has the in depth knowledge to diagnose and treat conditions of this complex part  of the body and works with your overall healthcare team to ensure you are receiving the best care possible for your foot and ankle conditions