When your foot or ankle is affected by an injury or disease, it can make many everyday movements more challenging. For particularly painful conditions, you may find yourself needing to use a walking aid to help you move around safely.
It’s important to know that not all causes of foot and ankle pain will require surgery. There are some very effective non-surgical treatments available that can help, including:
- Resting the foot and ankle as much as possible
- Using a walking aid, such as a stick or crutch, when you’re moving
- Pain relief medication (analgesia). Always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you’re not sure what to use or if you have any questions
- Some people find that using a cold compress throughout the day can help to relieve their symptoms
- Physiotherapy can be helpful, particularly when you need to stabilise and strengthen the ankle joint or foot, either before or after surgery
If non-surgical treatments are not able to provide you with suitable relief, or stop being effective, you may need surgery to treat the problem.
There are a number of surgical options for foot and ankle problems, from a type of keyhole surgery known as arthroscopy through to “open” surgery used to repair more serious fractures. Minimally invasive surgery is particularly useful within the foot and ankle and can help to reduce your recovery time.
Of particular note at Shirley Oaks is our minimally invasive bunion surgery. If you are thinking of bunions surgery and don't like the idea of the traditional open surgery with a prolonged recovery, Shirley Oaks Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the country to provide keyhole bunion surgery (also known as minimally invasive bunion surgery).
Taking under 30 minutes, this minimally invasive surgery doesn't require stitches and patients are able to walk immediately and go home the same day, with the ability to go to the gym the next day for non-impact activities and into stretchy training shoes at two weeks. Running can start at 6 weeks, when the bones have healed. Patients report quicker recovery with less pain, stiffness and swelling and an earlier return to quality of life compared to open surgery.
To learn more about this minimally invasive bunion surgery, please contact us to book your appointment.
Whatever type of surgery you need, your doctor will talk you through everything clearly so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision about whether to have surgery or not.