Feet and ankles are complex structures that can be subject to a range of problems and conditions. Our feet have 26 bones and 33 joints, arranged in columns and arches. The heel bone is connected to our calf muscles by the Achilles tendon, which controls movement of the foot and ankle.
The decision whether or not to have surgery for foot and ankle problems will depend on a number of factors including: the nature of the problem; severity of the symptoms and whether or not you respond to other treatments like medication, orthoses and special footwear. If your feet are becoming deformed or your skin is affected, it is important to talk to your doctor immediately to avoid the risk of infection.
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How will I know if I’m suitable for surgery?
You need to talk to your doctor who will discuss your individual symptoms, lifestyle and general state of health. Generally you will normally be advised to try other non-invasive treatments before choosing a surgical route as it carries a greater risk of complications.
What are the post-surgical symptoms to look out for that might indicate there are complications?
If you notice any signs of infection you should talk to your doctor immediately. These include heat in the area of surgery, redness, pain or an unusual smell. Antibiotics will normally resolve the problem.
Is it normal to have bleeding from the site of the surgery?
A certain amount of blood loss is normal. However, sometimes blood can collect under the skin causing a swelling. This is called a wound haematoma and it may require further surgery to drain the blood.
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