Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists
Dr. Maurice W. Aiken, DPM
Podiatry & Alternative Medicine located in Dunedin, FL
Most podiatric issues respond to conservative, at-home treatments, but sometimes foot surgery is necessary. If you experience foot or ankle pain that becomes progressively worse, don’t wait to visit a podiatrist. At Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists, board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Maurice W. Aiken, DPM, boasts years of experience performing foot surgery. To make an appointment at the practice in Dunedin, Florida, call the office today or schedule online.
Foot Surgery Q & A
What is foot surgery?
Foot surgery refers to a group of minimally invasive procedures that relieve pain, inflammation, and discomfort caused by issues like bunions, hammertoes, or plantar fasciitis.
Most common foot problems respond well to conservative treatments like ice, rest, and custom orthotics. Still, if your symptoms are severe, a more customized intervention may be necessary.
What are some common types of foot surgery?
At Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Aiken performs several types of foot surgery, including:
Bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure used to remove a bunion. A bunion is a bony bump that occurs on the outer edge of your foot at the base of the big toe. During bunion surgery, Dr. Aiken realigns the bones in your big toe, relieving pain and inflammation.
If you have osteoarthritis, Dr. Aiken might recommend fusion surgery. During fusion surgery, he joins the bones in your ankle together, so they’re unable to rub against each other. That results in less swelling and improved mobility.
If you tear or rupture a tendon while playing sports or working, Dr. Aiken might recommend tendon surgery. Tendon surgery uses special tools to repair or lengthen a tendon, restoring your strength and natural range of motion.
Neuroma surgery relieves pain caused by a benign nerve tumor (neuroma). During neuroma surgery, Dr. Aiken makes a small incision in the ball of your foot and carefully removes the nerve tumor. The procedure, which takes less than 30 minutes, provides immediate relief.
Can I benefit from foot surgery?
Only a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Aiken can determine if you will benefit from foot surgery. Usually, he recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments first. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you may be a candidate for foot and ankle surgery.
During your first visit, let Dr. Aiken know about the prescription medications you take regularly and if you have any underlying health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. These issues won’t prevent you from undergoing foot surgery, but they may increase the risk of complications, so it’s important they’re stable and cared for.
To request your foot surgery consultation at Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists, call the office today or schedule online.