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When Is Foot Surgery an Option?

At Dallas Podiatry Works, all of our doctors are highly skilled and highly trained foot and ankle surgeons. We regularly perform all kinds of surgeries, from complex rearfoot reconstructions, to ankle repair, to bunion removal.

But that doesn’t mean we’re eager to put you under the knife, either. While most surgeries we perform are safe and effective in a high percentage of cases, there are always risks and uncertainties. Furthermore, the outcome will also depend on factors out of our control—for example, how well you’re able to follow your aftercare instructions.

Surgery is sometimes necessary, but it should always be approached cautiously and thoughtfully. In many cases, there will be non-surgical options and alternatives that may be able to provide comparable (or better) results. In other cases, conservative care might not fix a problem (for example, correct a bunion deformity), but if it brings you pain relief and allows you to live an active lifestyle, you may consider that more than sufficient.

When Is Foot Surgery an Option?So, under what circumstances would we consider surgery to be an option? Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Conservative care isn’t working. Generally speaking, before we’d consider surgery, we’ll recommend thoroughly pursuing non-surgical treatments first. However, if you’ve tried these remedies and are still struggling, surgery is often the next logical step.
  • Conservative care is unlikely or unable to deliver satisfactory results. For some serious injuries, surgery is really the only option. If, say, you’ve suffered a severe traumatic fracture and bones need to be completely realigned, conservative care isn’t really an option. In other cases, like a ruptured Achilles tendon, surgery might be chosen initially due to certain advantages or lifestyle preferences.
  • Pain is so severe that it impairs daily living. In such cases, simply fixing the problem as soon as possible may be preferable to weeks or months of conservative treatments that may or may not work in the long run.
  • Your health status makes you a good candidate for surgery. Illnesses, genetic conditions, and other factors might make surgery riskier for some people and less for others. For example, you might have more difficulty with clotting wounds, or fighting off infections. In cases where the safety of surgery might be compromised, surgery may not be recommended even if other conditions are met.

At Dallas Podiatry Works, our chief goal is always getting you the care you need through whatever means are most appropriate for your condition and for your lifestyle. We’ll always take the time to talk through your options with you so that you can feel confident and prepared for your treatment. Schedule an appointment with us by calling 972.566.7474 today.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star all h
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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