A Plus Family Foot & Ankle Center

1221 South Water Street Suite A
Kent, Ohio 44240

Podiatric Surgery

Why Surgery? Conservative treatment of many foot and ankle problems often produces temporary relief of pain. However, if pain and/or loss of function persists, surgery is sometimes the more definitive answer. It can also be the best way to prevent more serious conditions. Because surgery is not always the best approach for all patients, Our doctors will discuss with you whether you are an appropriate surgical candidate.

Does surgery require hospitalization? Not usually. Many surgical procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting. Surgery may be performed under local anesthesia or with light sedation administered by a trained anesthesia specialist. Consult with our doctors about the best procedure for you.

What is worn on the foot after surgery? Each surgical procedure requires a different type of foot immobilization such as a bandage, splint, surgical shoe, cast, or open sandal. Good postoperative results require proper foot support. Use of foot and leg muscles hastens recovery. After sufficient healing time, most patients can resume wearing their usual footwear.

Are there risks involved for older patients? Our doctors are well acquainted with the needs of older patients. They will consult with you, perhaps your internist or specialist, in order to evaluate your condition and determine the safest procedures for you.

Is foot surgery advisable for people with diabetes? People with diabetes must take special care of their feet. Proper control of the patient’s blood sugar along with thorough evaluation of circulation and healing abilities are necessary before surgery is considered. Foot and ankle surgery on diabetics who are well controlled is usually successful and may serve to prevent severe diabetic complications from occurring.