Many of the foot problems that cause patients to regularly visit Dr. Young are due to an underlying issue with the foot structure or to a bony deformity of the foot. If non-surgical treatments are not helping, Dr. Young may discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with you. For outpatient surgical treatment, Dr. Young works closely with nearby North Ottawa Community Health System.
Will I have to go under general anesthesia for surgery?
Usually not. In most cases, podiatric surgery is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. With local anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself home, but you will not need to stay overnight in the hospital.
Do most podiatric conditions require surgery?
There are many conservative options for treating and managing podiatric conditions, and in general, Dr. Young prefers to start with the non-surgical options, as there are fewer side effects and risks. For example, arthritis and plantar fasciitis are conditions that usually respond well to treatment with orthotics, physical therapy, and custom braces. Other conditions, like hammer toe or bunions, need surgery in order to address the root cause. There are solutions available to make your feet more comfortable, but they do not solve the underlying issue. If your condition would benefit from surgery, Dr. Young is specially trained in state-of-the-art surgical techniques to ensure a good outcome with minimal pain and downtime.
How long will it take for me to recover from foot or ankle surgery?
In the majority of cases, thanks to Dr. Young’s advanced, minimally invasive surgery techniques, our patients do not even need crutches after their surgery. They can walk afterwards with a special boot or shoe. If surgery involves joints, patients will probably need a short course of physical therapy (three to four weeks). Smaller procedures, like fixing a hammer toe, ganglion cyst, bone spur, usually do not require physical therapy. Depending on their specific case and what kind of work they do, most patients find that they can return to work one to four weeks after surgery. In a very few cases, patients need six to eight weeks to recover.