Foot surgery, otherwise known as podiatric surgery, is a specialized branch of medicine and surgery dedicated to diagnosing and treating issues related to the foot, ankle, and leg. Podiatrists are skilled in both conservative methods, such as physical therapy and orthotics, as well as more invasive procedures, such as reconstructive surgeries. Podiatric surgeons aim to provide comprehensive care for all types of lower body conditions. Foot Surgery is a diverse field of care that can range from simple procedures, such as bunionectomy and hammertoe corrections, to complex surgeries, like tendon transfers or arthrodesis. It also provides an effective solution for neurological conditions like Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT). Foot surgery can restore damaged tendons or deformities due to trauma or congenital disabilities, as well as reduce pain caused by plantar fasciitis and Achilles ruptures typically brought on by overuse injuries. Minimally invasive techniques are often used so that patients experience less pain and quicker recovery times from their surgical procedures. Before any procedure, preoperative planning is explicitly tailored to each patient’s needs. This includes close attention throughout the entire process, from initial consultation to postoperative follow-up visits, in order to ensure successful results. Podiatric surgeons collaborate with orthotists to provide tailored solutions for those dealing with foot pain. Specifically, custom-made braces and support devices are used to reduce stress on the feet while walking or running; ultimately contributing towards improved mobility and enhanced quality of life.
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