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Foot Surgery and the Elderly

Many older people, even those over 80 years old, may need surgery on the front part of their foot. If they follow their doctor’s advice, they usually do not feel much pain after the surgery. Before the operation, it is very important to do all the needed health checks and talk to the right health experts. Every patient, no matter their age, should really understand what foot surgery involves, what they need to do afterward, and what results to expect. If the podiatrist takes care of things like blood flow, and makes sure health during and after surgery is carefully managed, then surgery on older people’s feet can go well and be very helpful. If you are an older person with foot problems that may necessitate surgery, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether this is a sound option for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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