Here at The McIndoe Centre, many of our patients travel from London due to the growing popularity of our surgical consultants. Our expert surgical consultants offer not only a broad range of bespoke treatments but expert diagnosis.
What is Foot and Ankle Surgery?
Foot and ankle surgery is made up of several surgical procedures such as bunions, hammer toes, ACL repairs, ankle arthritis and achilles tendon rupture.
What Does our Foot and Ankle Surgery Involve?
As the term itself is fairly broad, your surgical procedure will depend entirely on what area of the foot or ankle is affecting your mobility. Here at The McIndoe Centre, most of our operations will be performed under a general anaesthetic. However, a local anaesthetic is possible for certain surgeries. It is important to remember that while our surgeons are leading experts in foot and ankle procedures, stiffness and limited movement in the joint can be expected after surgery. While these post-surgery effects may initially appear to make you less mobile, it is simply the healing process and you must rest during this period.
Your foot and ankle surgery process will begin with a diagnosis of your injuries. One of our specialists will provide you with an expert assessment of your injury and the best path to recovery. The procedures and treatments we provide include:
- Meniscal repair
- Achilles tendon rupture reconstruction
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
- Foot and ankle surgery
Your surgeon will discuss your individual case and the best treatment options available for you during your consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Foot and Ankle Surgery?
Foot and ankle surgery is a range of surgical procedures that are only required when a patient is suffering from an issue that cannot be treated with conventional medicine. Surgery is the only option that will effectively treat the injury. As previously mentioned, there are many treatment options available. However, it is in your consultation where the appropriate surgical treatment will be discussed and decided with you.
Some of the benefits include:
- People living with arthritis can find walking easier and more comfortable.
- Ability to return to sporting activities.
- Correction of deformities and damage to bones, ligaments or muscles.
The main benefit of foot and ankle surgery is improved mobility. Living with foot or ankle pain can severely impact one’s quality of life. Foot and ankle surgery is one of the best surgical routes to take for those looking for a permanent solution for their discomfort.
Alternatives to Foot and Ankle Surgery
While it has already been stated that surgery is the only effective, long-term solution to foot and ankle pain, there are some treatments that may appeal to you before considering surgery. If you are not too limited by discomfort, you might want to consider the following non-surgical treatments:
- Exercise (light stretches and rotations)
- Steroid injection treatments and anti-inflammatories
- Avoid restrictive footwear
- Specially altered shoes (orthopaedic)
If these treatments don’t ease the pain then your GP or Podiatrist may suggest you have surgery.
Recovery After Foot and Ankle Surgery
The procedure itself takes about two hours, although the recovery time will vary depending on the surgery you receive. For example, while ankle fusion recovery requires a cast to be worn for 6-12 weeks, with full recovery taking place at 18 weeks, you may find that other foot and ankle surgeries may take around 6 months to fully heal.
As foot and ankle operations are considered major operations, they can take as long as three to six months to fully recover from, depending on the condition and its severity.
Choosing your Foot and Ankle Specialist at The McIndoe Centre
Choosing your foot and ankle specialist couldn’t be easier at The McIndoe Centre. Our dedicated foot and ankle consultants offer patients a 1-to-1 consultation in which they discuss your medical past, your expectations and the surgical process. Additionally, all aftercare treatments, options and any other questions or concerns you may have will all be answered.
Contact Us Today
If you have any concerns about the surgery, or who will be performing it, you can always call The McIndoe Centre Helpline on 0800 917 4922. Or, if you’d like a consultation with one of our top surgeons, feel free to fill out our contact form and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.