Chad Westphal, DPM
Location and Office HoursArizona Medical Clinic Orthopedic & Podiatry
9165 W Thunderbird
Peoria, AZ 85381
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How long does it take to recover from foot surgery?
Christopher Chiodo, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredYou can prevent and treat many foot problems by choosing comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Moreover, you can catch most foot problems early, when they are most effectively treated. If surgery does become necessary, surgical techniques have improved to the point where most foot operations are now done on an outpatient basis. In some cases, recovery times have become shorter. Still, recovery is often a prolonged process, typically from three to six months -- and sometimes longer -- to regain full functioning after most surgical procedures involving the foot.
How effective is a surgery for an Achilles tendon tear?
- Both open and percutaneous surgeries are successful. More than 80 out of 100 people who have surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture are able to return to all the activities they did before the injury, including returning to sports.
- Although percutaneous surgery has traditionally been viewed as having higher rerupture rates than open surgery, studies now show that the rerupture rates are similar. About 5 out of 100 people who have surgery for an Achilles tendon rupture will rerupture after surgery.
- Open surgery is more likely than percutaneous surgery to result in wound healing problems. But damage to a nerve is more likely with percutaneous surgery. Newer techniques for percutaneous surgery may make nerve damage less likely than when older techniques are used.
It is sometimes difficult to know how surgeries compare, because the ages and activities of those having the surgeries differ. The success of your surgery can depend on your surgeon's experience, the type of surgical procedure used, the extent of tendon damage, how soon after rupture the surgery is done and how soon your rehabilitation program starts after surgery and how well you follow it.
Talk to your surgeon about his or her surgical experience and success rate with the technique that would best treat your condition.
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What causes stress fractures of the foot?
Stress fractures are overuse injuries that occur when repetitive actions exceed the bone’s ability to withstand the stress. They are often seen in those who participate in high-impact sports that involve running and jumping. Athletes participating in tennis, track and field, gymnastics and basketball are very susceptible to stress fractures. In all of these sports, the repetitive pounding of the foot against the ground can cause trauma
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