Although many ankle injuries are successfully treated without surgery, your podiatrist might recommend ankle surgery such as fracture repair, joint replacement, ligament repair, or joint fusions when your ankle is still unstable after noninvasive treatments. Fortunately, the team of podiatric care experts at Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida offers ankle surgery to get you walking again, safely and quickly. Today’s advanced ankle surgery procedures and tools are often minimally invasive, with shorter and easier recoveries than ever. Book online or by calling the location nearest you now.
The first treatment approach for an ankle injury is usually noninvasive. Treatments like braces, orthotics, or injections can all help with some ankle injuries. But, when you’re still suffering from ankle pain or instability after trying noninvasive treatments, your Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center podiatrist might recommend ankle surgery.
Ankle surgery treats both acute injuries that typically occur in accidents and chronic injuries that cause months or years of pain and mobility problems. Some of the most common ankle surgeries include:
Ankle surgery is sometimes combined with foot surgery when you have acute or chronic damage that’s severe.
The experienced podiatrists at Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center usually perform ankle surgery while you’re under local anesthesia, which allows you to remain awake but pain-free during the procedure. Whenever possible, your podiatrist makes small incisions to perform the surgery, which helps reduce pain, bleeding, and overall recovery time.
Following your ankle surgery, your podiatrist explains recovery guidelines. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation — also known as the RICE method — are usually important components of your recovery, regardless of the kind of ankle surgery you have.
Usually, you’ll have bandages, a splint, a walking boot, or another type of support for your ankle following your surgery. You might need an assistive device like a walker or cane for a short period after your surgery, as well.
Be sure to follow the instructions from your Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center podiatrist closely. If you have a surgery like a joint replacement or ankle joint fusion, you’ll need physical therapy to recover fully. During your physical therapy sessions, you strengthen the foot and ankle to bring it back to full function.
Don’t take chances when it comes to bearing weight and using your ankle: Your podiatrist monitors your progress closely and lets you know when it’s safe to resume normal activity.
The Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center team offers the most advanced foot and ankle care available today, including state-of-the-art ankle surgery techniques. Book your consultation today by calling the location nearest you or using online scheduling.