Specialized Podiatric Surgery at Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic
The feet and ankles are immensely complicated parts of the human body; both the ankle and foot are comprised of many muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Each part of the foot and ankle work in perfect harmony together to help us bear weight, walk, run, jump, balance, and enjoy a wide and varied range of motions.
When we damage the feet and ankles in any way, whether through wear and tear, medical conditions or injuries, it can severely limit function and mobility. Some problems with the foot and ankle can cause severe pain and prevent a person from leading an active lifestyle and leave them unable to work.
Due to the important role that the foot and ankle play in mobility and stability, it’s vital to seek professional treatment in the event of problems in these areas. Treatments for the ankle and foot can vary significantly, depending on the exact condition. In some instances, the best treatment going forwards is podiatric surgery in Homer Glen & New Lenox, IL.
If you need the advice or support of a podiatric surgeon in New Lenox & Homer Glen, IL, then please get in touch with the expert team at Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic. We treat a vast range of common and abnormal conditions of the foot and ankle, providing modern and effective surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
When is Podiatric Surgery Suggested?
Many conditions of the ankle and foot won’t require surgical treatment; it’s unlikely that podiatric surgery will be the first treatment suggested by your podiatrist, but it can change on a patient-to-patient basis. If surgery is recommended for your foot or ankle condition, it will only be after a full consultation with a podiatric surgeon at Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic.
The decision to treat your condition with surgery will often be made if non-surgical treatments haven’t proven to be successful and if surgical treatment is the right option for you based on your lifestyle. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, such as persistent pain that’s hindering your ability to complete everyday activities, then your podiatrist in Homer Glen and New Lenox, IL may suggest that you explore surgical options.
Podiatric surgery is a specialist field, that should always be performed by a trained podiatric surgeon. Please contact Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic if you’re experiencing severe foot or ankle pain, so we can create the best treatment plan for you.
What Foot & Ankle Conditions Can be Treated with Surgery?
While many conditions can be treated successfully with conservative treatments, sometimes surgery is the best option for your needs. There are a number of common conditions that can be treated successfully with surgical treatment, these include:
Hallux Valgus (Bunions)
Disorders of the Achilles Tendon
Hallux Rigidus (Big Toe Osteoarthritis)
Tibialis Posterior Disorder
Ankle and Foot Fractures
There are many different surgical procedures used to treat the varied conditions that can affect the foot and ankle. During a consultation at Vittori Foot and Ankle Clinic, your podiatric surgeon will discuss treatments with you that’ll be of most benefit to restore motion, reduce pain, and help you towards a safe and healthy recovery.
The Benefits of Surgical Treatment
There are many advantages to surgical podiatric treatment as an alternative or in addition to conservative treatments. Podiatric surgery is particularly beneficial for many people who have persistent pain, and who are looking for long-lasting relief so they can get back to enjoying an active lifestyle.
Surgical treatments can often be used to restore function and mobility to the feet and ankles, where the condition affecting the foot or ankle is unable to be treated successfully through conservative treatments. The ability of surgical treatments to restore a high degree of movement and function, means that patients can often gain greater flexibility in their choice of footwear after procedures.
Surgical Treatments at Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic
Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic is a surgical facility of the highest quality. Dr. Vittori is highly skilled in a number of podiatric surgical treatments, that he can perform in the exceptional facilities at our clinic. These include:
Arthroscopic surgery on the foot and ankle may be used as a diagnostic or treatment procedure, or both. A small instrument, called an arthroscope, penetrates the skin through small incisions. Tiny cameras can be inserted through the arthroscope, allowing the surgeon to accurately see the area and/or damage. Other small instruments can also be inserted through the arthroscope to make surgical corrections.
Because arthroscopy is less-invasive and traumatic than traditional surgery, it reduces the risk of infection and swelling, and allows for significantly speedier healing and recovery. Most arthroscopic surgeries of the foot and ankle are performed on a same-day, outpatient basis using a local anesthetic.
Patients who undergo surgery to correct arthritis in the foot are often diabetics with a type of arthritis known as Charcot Foot. The average age of patients developing a Charcot foot is 40 years. About one-third of patients develop a Charcot foot in both feet and/or ankles. This form of arthritis can develop suddenly and without pain. Quite suddenly, the bones in the foot and/or ankle can spontaneously fracture and fragment, often causing a severe deformity.
The arch of the foot often collapses, and pressure areas develop on the bottom of the foot, leading to open sores or ulcers. While many of these deformities can be treated with nonsurgical care, surgery may be required.
Such instances may include:
Surgery is typically recommended for Charcot foot when the deformity is severe. Surgery may be suggested if the patient is unstable, if there’s a high chance of a foot ulcer developing, and if orthotics and braces can’t be used.
* Surgical procedures used to treat arthritis include:
Realignment Osteotomy and Fusion
Surgery to repair a torn (ruptured) Achilles tendon is conducted on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic. It involves making an incision or cut in the back of the leg above the heel to access the torn tendon. The tendon is then sewn back together. Surgery may be delayed for about one week after the rupture to let the swelling go down.
After surgery, a cast or walking boot is usually worn for six to 12 weeks. At first, the cast or boot is positioned to keep the foot pointed downward as the tendon heals. The cast or boot is then adjusted gradually to put the foot in a neutral position (not pointing up or down).
Specific gentle exercises (restricted motion) after surgery can shorten the time needed in rehabilitation.
Alternative Treatments to Surgery
Your podiatrist in New Lenox & Homer Glen, IL may suggest alternative treatments to treat your condition before exploring surgical options or recommend additional treatments to aid your recovery after surgery.
Some of the most common non-surgical podiatry treatments, include:
Physical Therapy and Exercise
Foot orthotics are a very effective treatment for many conditions, and also for use after surgical treatment, where they help to support the relief gained through surgery and ensure that the results from surgery are long lasting.
You can discuss all the treatments provided by Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic by contacting one of our clinics in Homer Glen or New Lenox, IL and booking a consultation with a member of our team.
Contact Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic in Homer Glen & New Lenox, IL
Dr. Vittori is a highly trained podiatric surgeon in New Lenox and Homer Glen, IL, that for many years, has been helping patients to gain relief from an extensive range of foot and ankle problems. Dr. Vittori is American Board of Podiatric Surgery certified, with considerable surgical experience and knowledge that allows him to handle complex surgeries and manage complications quickly and expertly.
If you would like to know more about the podiatric surgical treatments available at Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic or discuss your foot or ankle condition with an expert podiatrist, then please contact Vittori Foot & Ankle Clinic today so we can help you.