The amount of weight, pressure, and movement sustained by your foot makes it highly susceptible to many conditions and injuries that may require surgery. When you need foot surgery, you can count on the experience of Dr. Marilyn Boyuka at Southern Tier Podiatry. As a specialist in foot and ankle care, Dr. Boyuka provides expert surgical intervention, from repairing torn tendons to stabilizing fractures. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Vestal, New York or book an appointment online today.
Many conditions that cause foot and ankle pain begin as mild issues that progressively worsen. When these problems don't receive early and proper treatment, surgical intervention may be needed. Some of the most common pain-causing conditions include:
Foot fractures are often caused by trauma from accidents and injuries such as kicking a hard object or dropping something heavy on your foot. Your feet also develop stress fractures over time due to overuse and repetitive activities such as running.
Twisting or rolling your ankle is the most common cause of ankle fractures. They also occur from injuries like tripping or falling.
Like fractures, soft tissue injuries are caused by trauma and overuse that develops gradually over the years.
Common soft tissue injuries include:
Your Achilles tendon is especially vulnerable to injury because you use it whenever you walk, run, or jump. As a result, it commonly becomes inflamed or sustains a partial or complete tear.
Soft tissue injuries may need surgery to shorten or lengthen a tendon, or to repair ruptured tendons and ligaments. In some cases, for instance, Dr. Boyuka may need to remove a severely infected bursa surgically.
Dr. Boyuka should evaluate your foot if you develop these symptoms:
When you have a simple fracture — the bones remain aligned, and skin is intact — you may only need immobilization to promote healing.
A compound or open fracture occurs when the pieces of bone are out of alignment, and you have an open wound. This type of fracture requires surgery to clean the wound and realign and stabilize the bones.
When your foot is in pain, swollen, or discolored, call Southern Tier Podiatry or book an appointment online.