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When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Find out if it’s time to consider getting foot surgery.

While most foot problems do respond well to nonsurgical treatment options like bracing, rest, icing and certain exercises, there are some foot careconditions that may require more aggressive treatment. So, when should you talk to one of our Denver podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center & Colorado Sports Podiatry Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber about getting surgery? Here are some conditions that may require surgery:


While most bunions can be treated with conservative measures if you find that you are dealing with severe and persistent pain and swelling and your symptoms aren’t responding to other nonsurgical treatment options then you may need to consider bunion surgery. Surgery is truly the only way to correct the deformity.


Just like bunions, a hammertoe is another common deformity that causes the toes to bend downward at the joint, which creates a claw-like appearance. While hammertoes can be treated with simple at-home care and by wearing the proper footwear, if your hammertoe has already progressed into a rigid hammertoe (in which the toe cannot be straightened out), then your Denver foot doctor may suggest correcting the hammertoe through surgery.

Ankle Arthritis

Also known as osteoarthritis, this chronic and progressive condition causes joint pain, swelling and damage. As arthritis gets worse it can even cause joint deformities. While there are certain medications that can help slow and even halt the progression of arthritis, if joint damage is serious then an ankle fusion or an ankle replacement may be recommended to repair the damaged ankle joint to improve mobility, range of motion, swelling and discomfort.

Plantar Fasciitis

Again, this is another condition that often responds well to conservative care. Often the result of overuse, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed right where the tissue attaches to the heel bone, resulting in heel pain that may even radiate to the arches of the feet. Those dealing with recurring or persistent heel pain that isn’t responding to any other treatment options may require surgery in order to release the tissue from the heel bone to provide relief.

Are you dealing with pain and other issues that you just can’t seem to get under control with at-home care? If so, then it’s time to turn to the foot and ankle specialists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center & Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver to determine the best treatment plan to fit your needs.

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