Are you ready for your ankle surgery? Do you look forward to better mobility and a stable ankle joint and want to prepare for this important event. At Foot and Ankle Centers in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, our podiatrists are skilled in all phases of foot and ankle surgery, including pre-op and post-op care. They'll get you back on your feet!
Kinds of foot and ankle surgery
Today's podiatric surgeries are less invasive than ever before. Also, they are more versatile, treating conditions such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Acquired and congenital deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes
- Diabetic wounds
- Corns, calluses, and tumors, such as neuromas
- Degraded and unstable ankle joints (reconstructive surgery)
- Ingrown toenails (matrixectomy and partial nail avulsion)
- Weak, torn, or overstretched tendons
Most surgeries are performed in the office with a local anesthetic. Downtime may be limited. Others, however, are in-hospital procedures that require time off from work and limitation of daily activities. So, your surgeon at the Foot and Ankle Centers in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, will give you the details you need for a successful surgical experience and recovery.
A little preparation and thought will help you recover more quickly and easily from your surgery, explains the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Here are some tips:
- Follow your podiatrist's instructions regarding medications and any fasting needed before your surgery.
- Bring a responsible adult with you to the surgery center. He or she will drive you home and get you settled.
- Understand what pain medications you will need and how to administer them.
- Prepare your house for safety and ease of care. Have your remote, TV, computer, and other necessities within reach. Clear a safe walking path with no trip hazards. Use a shower chair as needed.
- Get groceries and other necessities in advance if your ability to go out and/or drive will be limited.
- Know infection warning signs for your incision (redness, discharge, excessive warmth, and swelling).
- Ask your foot doctor about driving and returning to work.
- Understand how to use crutches or other ambulatory aids if required.
- Set your physical therapy and follow-up appointments.
You'll be glad you prepared
Good pre-op preparation prevents problems and speeds recovery. If you have more questions about your foot or ankle procedure, call your surgeons at our Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, Foot and Ankle Centers. Remember, we are available by phone at three convenient locations: Reston (703) 437-6333, Manassas (703) 368-7166, and Leesburg (703) 777-2101.