Podiatry Specialist

Clifton Surgery Center

Surgery Center located in Clifton, NJ

You already know that doctors of podiatry specialize in treating the full scope of problems in your feet and ankles. Many people don’t know, however, that they also specialize in orthopedic surgery of the foot and ankle. The team at Clifton Surgery Center has extensive training and experience in podiatric surgery, so they’re prepared to treat injuries and disease that develop in your foot’s bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints. To learn more about the podiatry procedures available, call the office in Clifton, New Jersey.

Podiatry Q & A

Clifton Surgery Center

What podiatric conditions require surgery?

You may need surgery as the first line of treatment for fractured bones and torn soft tissues like ligaments and tendons. Depending on the severity of your injury, surgery may be essential to realign and stabilize bones and repair soft tissues to ensure optimal healing.

Most other types of foot and ankle conditions are successfully treated with conservative therapies like resting your foot, orthotics, and bracing. Any foot problem, however, can quickly worsen when it’s not treated correctly.

If you force a damaged foot or ankle to support your body, even the most common problems may require surgery.

A few foot and ankle conditions that often benefit from surgery include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel pain (bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, and tendon conditions)
  • Corns and calluses
  • Torn tendons and ligaments
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Chronic diseases (diabetes and arthritis)
  • Short or long toes

When should you get professional podiatric help?

It’s important to see a podiatrist before your foot or ankle condition causes severe structural or tissue damage. This list gives you a few examples of signs that indicate it’s time to see a podiatric surgeon:

  • Symptoms of a sprain or fracture (pain, swelling, discoloration, or inability to bear weight)
  • Movement is limited, or it’s difficult to walk
  • Persistent pain in your foot or ankle
  • Burning, tingling, or numbness
  • Abnormal growth or lump
  • Foot or ankle deformity
  • Ulcers or sores that don’t heal
  • Foot discomfort after standing

What are the types of surgery used in podiatry?

When you come to the podiatry specialists at Clifton Surgery Center, you’ll receive advanced surgery designed to help relieve pain, regain optimal functioning and strength, improve stability, and prevent progressive deformities.

Foot and ankle surgeons specialize in performing the same types of surgical procedures as orthopedic surgeons. Each of the following surgical techniques is performed alone, but several are done at the same time during reconstructive surgery or to repair complex problems:

  • Tendon repair
  • Bone fusion
  • Bone grafting
  • Debridement (remove damage tissue)
  • Joint replacement
  • Removing or straightening bone
  • Skin graft or repair
  • Osteotomy (shorten or lengthen bone)

When you experience foot or ankle pain, it’s important to seek help before your condition worsens. Call the experts at Clifton Surgery Center.