Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Franklin, IN

Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery can help you get back on your feet if you have a severe injury or damage from a chronic condition, like arthritis. The dedicated podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offer flexible scheduling for foot and ankle evaluations at their five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. Book your appointment by requesting one online, or by calling your closest clinic.

Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery Q & A

Why do I need reconstructive foot and ankle surgery?

As with most orthopedic surgeries, a reconstructive foot and ankle surgery is generally the last resort if you haven’t had relief from physical therapy or other types of conservative measures. Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery might be essential to treat:

  • Bunions or hammertoes
  • Flat feet or overarch issues
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis
  • Bone fractures or cartilage damage
  • Heel spurs or bone deformities

Reconstructive foot and ankle procedures are even beneficial for correcting damage from old injuries, such as a bone fracture that never healed correctly.

How is a reconstructive foot and ankle surgery performed?

Modern reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries are much less invasive than they were years ago. Your podiatric surgeon at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can perform most procedures using an arthroscope, which only requires them to create a few small incisions.

Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery is tailored to your specific condition, symptoms, and level of discomfort. Your procedure could involve:

  • Removing scar tissue
  • Fusing bones together
  • Replacing worn joints
  • Suturing ligaments or tendons
  • Implanting supportive screws and plates

Because reconstructive foot and ankle surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure, your dedicated podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle thoroughly discusses your specific surgery details with you during your preoperative appointments.

What is the recovery after reconstructive foot and ankle surgery?

Depending on your specific procedure, your podiatrist generally wants you to gently stretch or move the treated area — as recommended — within the first couple days after surgery. Gradual movements help prevent loss of muscle tone and improve blood flow, which minimizes inflammation.

It’s common to need a supportive device, such as crutches or a cane, for several weeks after reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, just to avoid straining the surgical site. Usually, you can start physical therapy or your customized exercise plan within a week of surgery.

Even if you need a complex surgery, like a total ankle replacement, you can expect minimal downtime with the help of the expert team of podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. You should be healed and back to most — if not all — of your regular activities within 2-3 months.

Schedule your reconstructive foot and ankle surgery evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle either online or over the phone.

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