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When your foot or ankle condition begins to affect the quality of your life, surgery may be the best option. Your podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry offer foot and ankle surgery in their Quakertown, Bethlehem and Macungie, PA, offices.
When is surgery needed?
Your foot doctor will recommend surgery based on your symptoms, examination and diagnostic tests. You may benefit from surgery if:
- Pain is a constant part of your day: Surgery may be needed if pain is severe, has become chronic or doesn't improve even though you've been taking pain medications.
- Your ability to walk is affected: Your Quakertown, Bethlehem or Macungie podiatrist may recommend surgery if you can't walk or stand easily due to a foot or ankle condition or injury.
- Your condition has affected other parts of your body: If you've changed the way you walk due to your injury or condition, you may begin to experience pain in your hip, knee or back. Surgery will help you return to your normal gait and end your back or leg pain.
- Other treatments haven't worked: Rest, ice, crutches, casts, walking boots, ultrasound treatment, shockwave therapy and other treatments can be very helpful if you have a foot or ankle injury or condition. Surgery is usually only recommended if more conservative treatments haven't been helpful.
When conditions can be improved with foot and ankle surgery?
Surgery can be as simple as removing part of an ingrown toenail or as complex as realigning bones and tendons during bunion surgery. Surgery can also be helpful if you have:
- Ankle instability after a severe sprain
- A rigid hammertoe
- Arthritis in your foot or ankle
- Plantar fasciitis
- An Achilles tendon injury
- A painful, enlarged nerve between your toes
- A severe break in the bones of your foot or ankle
- A birth defect that affects your ability to walk
Could foot surgery be the best option for you? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry by calling (610) 865-0311 for the Quakertown office or (610) 865-0311 for the Bethlehem or Macungie offices.
Do you need foot surgery and aren't sure what to do? Is the pain too much to tolerate? You shouldn't have to deal with any foot trauma.Dr. Robert Diamond, Dr. Brent Bernstein, Dr. Jung Lee and Dr. Eric Bronfenbrenner of Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Macungie, and Quakertown, PA, offer several solutions, including foot and ankle surgery.
More on Foot and Ankle Surgery
Foot and ankle surgery is a podiatric specialty. They treat common foot issues, like bunions, severe problems, like Morton's Neuroma, and detect other foot-related diseases such as diabetes. Other diseases they help treat or manage include arthritis and cardiovascular disease. You need to speak with your Bethlehem, Macungie, and Quakertown podiatrist when you're suffering from foot problems that may persist or affect your overall health.
When you meet with your podiatrist, expect the following questions, especially since your doctor will be assessing the need for foot surgery:
- What are your symptoms? Do you feel a sharp or dull pain, for example?
- How bad are your symptoms?
- Does the pain have an effect on your everyday life?
- How is your response to other treatments, like drugs?
- Do you need special footwear?
Dr. Diamond has years of experience when it comes to dealing with foot problems and can tell you if any of the following should be something worrying, or a simple annoyance:
- Metatarsal Surgery
- Achilles Tendon Disorders
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Hammer Toes
- Ankle Arthritis, which may need ankle fusions, triple fusions, and ankle replacements
- Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
- Plantar Fasciitis
Foot and ankle surgery has several advantages. It may lead to long-lasting pain relief, give you a greater choice of comfortable footwear, improve function and mobility, and help create aesthetically pleasing feet, depending on the procedure.
If foot pains aren't resolved, foot surgery may be the answer. Contact Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Macungie, and Quakertown, PA, today!
Here are all the office location phone numbers:
Macungie: (610) 865-0311
Quakertown: (215) 529-5222
In many cases, common foot and ankle problems like sprains, bunions, and heel spurs can heal successfully with conservative treatments like rest, over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy. But when an injury or orthopedic condition is severe or does not respond to conservative treatments, surgery may be an option to repair the damage and restore mobility and quality of life. The foot and ankle surgeons at Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley perform reconstructive foot and ankle surgery in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Quakertown, PA
Corrective bunion surgery is one of the most common podiatric surgical procedures. A bunion is a deformity of the metatarsal joint which causes the bone at the base of the toe to protrude, resulting in inflammation and pain. Bunions can make it difficult to fit into shoes and to walk and put pressure on the foot over time. Bunion surgery helps to realign the bone and repair damage in the joint.
Other common types of foot surgery include:
- Avulsion/Matrixectomy Nail Surgery - temporary or permanent removal of an ingrown or infected portion of a toenail
- Hammer toe surgery
- Heel spur surgery
- Metatarsal surgery
- Neuroma surgery
- Tendon surgery
- Bone fusions
When is Foot Surgery Necessary?
Some cases of chronic pain and degenerative conditions like arthritis, which can lead to permanent joint damage, may require surgery. Technically, any injury can require surgical correction if damage to a joint, bone, or soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage) affect the function and stability of the foot or ankle.
Find a Podiatrist in Bethlehem, Macungie, or Quakertown, PA
If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain and mobility issues due to a bunion or other orthopedic injury or condition, contact Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of Lehigh Valley by calling (610) 865-0311 to schedule an appointment in Bethlehem and Macungie, or (215) 529-5222 for Quakertown.