Minimally Invasive Surgery
Many foot problems like bunions, hammertoes, and bone spurs may respond to conservative approaches like orthotics and physical therapy. However, when conservative measures don’t work, Shermi Parikh, DPM, and her team at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Niles and Berwyn Center, Illinois, perform minimally invasive surgery to correct structural foot problems and relieve your pain. To learn more about minimally invasive foot surgery for persistent foot conditions, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
The team at Family Foot and Ankle Center performs minimally invasive surgery to correct persistent foot problems. Minimally invasive surgery involves:
- Making small incisions that don’t leave visible scars
- Avoiding unnecessary damage to structures in your foot
- Helping you recover quickly with minimal discomfort
- Not using hardware like plates, screws, and wires
Your podiatrist uses specialized instruments that correct foot problems like hammertoes, bunions, and bone spurs without affecting the surrounding tissues. During the procedure, you’re only under local anesthesia.
In most cases, you can leave the office right after your procedure in a walking boot or cast and return to work within a few days.
How do I know if my foot problem requires surgery?
Your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center usually tries a conservative approach to treat foot problems before suggesting surgery. Depending on your foot problem, this may include:
- Changing your footwear
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Managing your pain with oral or injected anti-inflammatory medication
- Performing physical therapy, including stretches and exercises
- Wearing a night splint or other device to stabilize your foot
In many cases, foot problems resolve with conservative treatment. However, your doctor may recommend minimally invasive surgery if:
- Your symptoms haven’t improved or have gotten worse
- You’re in severe pain that interferes with your everyday life
- You have difficulty walking or standing
- The shape, structure, or alignment of your foot has changed
- You’re unable to bend your toes or move your foot as usual
Minimally invasive foot surgery can relieve your pain and correct structural problems.
How can I prevent foot problems?
The team at Family Foot and Ankle Center is pleased to offer minimally invasive surgery, but they’d rather you not need surgery in the first place. Though not all foot problems are preventable, you can protect your feet by:
- Wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly
- Wearing custom orthotics so your feet have the support they need and are aligned properly
- Performing foot exercises to strengthen your feet
- Seeing your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center as soon as you notice changes in your foot, even if you’re not in pain
To learn more about minimally invasive foot surgery, call Family Foot and Ankle Center or schedule an appointment online today.