Plastic Surgery

Foot surgery

What is the Foot surgery?

Most foot deformities not only cause patients discomfort and pain but are often unsightly and cause embarrassment. Many patients complain of bunions, overlong or bent (hammer) toes and a variety of unsightly lumps and bumps. These conditions can be dealt with easily by surgery with good post-operative results.

What is the procedure?

Surgery can be performed under a local anesthetic at the day-case centre or under general anesthetic or intravenous sedation at the private hospital. Some patients at hospital will require one or two nights stay, particularly if you have a medical condition that requires monitoring or you haven't got the required home support.

What kind of result can you expect?

Most patients will be able to lead a full and active life after foot surgery and where deformity has been corrected, the appearance of your foot will improve and you may be able to wear a greater range of footwear.

Recovery period and recommendations

The total recovery time for foot surgical procedures is actually often rather prolonged. Swelling is the biggest problem as it may take many months to settle and will require patience and compromise in your footwear. Hopefully, you will be able to return to a wider range of footwear and many women are able to wear fashionable court shoes once things settle down. On average it takes about 8 weeks before patients can wear a roomy shoe and 3-months before running activities are undertaken, although swimming and cycling can usually be undertaken much sooner. Some procedures do require physiotherapy and this should be discussed on an individual basis.

Possible side effects and complications

Major complications are quite rare, but may include infection, continued pain and swelling, stiffness, raised scars, vein clots or recurrence of problem.

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