Foot and Ankle Surgery: What You Can Expect


Being told that you need surgery can be very disturbing news that most people fear hearing from their doctor, but with regard to surgeries that have been prescribed by your podiatrist, you can put your mind at ease. Today, Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC will explain why. 

Foot and ankle procedures usually have a much shorter recovery period than those of other types of surgery. In fact, patients will typically resume their regular everyday activities in relatively little time. 

One of the most popular types of procedures performed by podiatrists is to treat bunions. Because of the extensive incidence of bunions that require treatment beyond that which can be managed non-invasively, there are over 100 variations of this treatment method.  

Bunion surgery is always being improved, and by using the most up-to-date methods, a patient’s recovery can be as fast as six weeks if all post-operation directions are followed. 

Hammertoe surgery is another very common podiatric treatment method. Because arthritis is one of the causes of hammertoes - and one in five adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with it – treatment for hammertoes is essential in podiatric medicine.  

Because the procedure is minimally-invasive, only a local anesthetic is needed. Normal recovery lasts no more than a few weeks, and patients can begin walking while their toe heals. 

Another common podiatric condition among athletes and diabetics are heel spurs,  which also require minimally-invasive surgery. All that is needed is a small incision on the bottom or the side of the heel.  Therefore recovery is quick, and the patient is allowed to walk immediately following the procedure. In most cases, a total recovery takes just three weeks. 

While many people refuse to have the foot and ankle surgery they need, the goal of Dr. Joel Segalman and Dr. Stephen Lazaroff at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC is to promise patients that they will be receiving state-of-the-art treatment that they can feel good about.  

The path to a speedy recovery begins with a visit to our office, so contact us today to schedule an appointment. You can call our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown location at (203) 270-6724.