Foot Surgery in Seaford & Millsboro, DE
Your Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
The foot consists of 26 bones and more than 33 joints. This complex structure of your foot can lead to many problems that might need foot and ankle surgery. Southern Delaware Foot & Ankle specializes in minimally invasive foot surgery for Millsboro, DE, Seaford, DE patients. We were the FIRST IN THE STATE to offer minimally invasive bunion surgery for our patients. Our experienced team has offered innovative foot treatments since 2000. We tailor our specific approach to foot surgery based on each patient’s need. Our goal is to help you get back to an active lifestyle as soon as possible. Whether you need foot surgery due to an injury or more chronic issue, we provide the highest quality services to get you back on your feet without pain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Do I Need Foot Surgery?
Most patients with foot and ankle problems don’t need surgery. We’ll determine if there is a need to operate depending on:
- The effect of your symptoms on daily life
- Your body’s response to alternative/conservative treatment
- Your physical needs
- The degree or severity of your injury
Common Foot Surgery Types
The foot is a complex structure with many different moving parts. It’s sometimes best to perform surgery to ensure every part of the foot is working at optimal levels. The most common types of foot surgery include:
- Bunions – Bunions cause your big toe joint to bend towards the other toes. Bunion surgery can involve a minimally invasive foot surgery to straighten the big toe and metatarsals. We are the first podiatry practice in the state of Delaware to offer minimally invasive bunion surgery.
- Hammertoes – Hammertoes are the abnormal bending of little toes that leads to pain. We perform hammertoes surgery by removing the deformed joint between the toe bones or fusing a joint in the toes.
- Plantar Fasciitis – The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends from your heel bone to your toes. A portion of the plantar fascia may need to be released from the heel bone through a surgical procedure to ease inflammation in rare cases.
- Tibialis Posterior Disorder – The tibialis posterior muscle supports the shape of your arch - this condition is sometimes referred to as a fallen arch. When the tendon that connects the tibialis posterior becomes inflamed, it leads to swelling and weakening of the tendon, causing flatfoot. In severe cases, patients need foot surgery to rebuild the instep arch.
- Foot Fractures – We perform foot and fracture surgery to repair broken, displaced, or poorly aligned bones. We may need to secure bone fragments with pins, wires, screws, and plates.
Advantages of Foot Surgery
Our goal of any type of foot surgery is to reduce or eliminate pain and remove the problem. We work together to find the best solution for your specific needs. The benefits of foot surgery include:
- Long-lasting pain relief
- Ability to wear comfortable footwear without the pain
- Improved mobility and function of foot and ankle
- Reduce or eliminate foot deformity
- Live an active lifestyle without pain
Risks of Foot Surgery
Any surgery runs the risk of complications. After foot surgery, the most common complications include pain, swelling, and minor infections. It’s critical to contact us as soon as possible if you see any signs of problems, including severe pain, redness, warm feeling around the wound, or a foul odor.
Foot Surgery Expectations
Our doctors will help you understand every part of your foot surgery, including the recovery period. We’ll discuss your general health and ask about any medication changes before surgery. We’re here to answer any questions and address concerns about your foot or ankle surgery. We want to answer ALL of your questions BEFORE your surgery. We strongly encourage you write down any questions or concerns and bring this list to your pre-op appointment. We also encourage you to bring your spouse, partner, or family member to your pre-op appointment, they might think to ask any questions you forget. Our surgeries are performed at a hospital or in a Surgery Center. Most surgeries are performed as an Outpatient (or Same Day surgery) meaning that you arrive prior to the surgery and go home the same day. Depending on the extent of your procedure, different anesthesia options may exist. Our surgeons will explain in detail your recovery following your surgery. Your recovery period will depend on the type of surgery and the extent of your injuries/condition.
Contact Southern Delaware Foot & Ankle
You’re in the best possible hands with our team of experienced, surgical podiatrists. We’ll thoroughly examine your foot and ankle to determine if you need foot surgery. We understand foot surgery is scary to many patients, so we’re here to explain every step of our process. We tailor each foot surgery to meet your needs and help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.