Bruce Ward has been a runner for 40 years. As a longtime runner, Ward is well aware the activity risks injuries that many runners are not prepared for. As Ward began training for a half-marathon, he knew that his body needed adjustment and preparedness on the lower extremity.
“I was warned it would be hard on the joints. My knees were fine, as it turned out. But my sudden absence must have been hard on the joints I used to hang out in after work with my reporter buddies,” stated Ward. One of Ward’s fellow runners knows these injuries personally, having even needed to surgery to attend to them.
Sometimes surgery is necessary to treat foot and ankle conditions or injuries. If your foot or ankle is in pain, consult podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia, DPM of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia can treat your podiatric needs.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Fords, NJ and East Brunswick, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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