David M. Grace, DPM
Location and Office HoursFoot & Ankle Care of Frederick
Frederick, MD 21703
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
- Coventry Health Care
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- Frederick Memorial Hospital
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 are Achilles tendon problems diagnosed?
Your doctor may order imaging tests to make sure your symptoms are caused by Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis. The doctor will perform a physical exam and look for tenderness along the tendon. An MRI may be called for if your doctor is concerned about a possible tear in the tendon. X-rays can show whether the lower part of the Achilles tendon has calcified.
What is hallux rigidus?
Hallux rigidus is a progressive condition that affects the base of the big toe, making it difficult to bend the toe up or down. This joint, called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, is important because we use it to push off and it has to bend with every step. If it starts to stiffen, walking and many other motions can become difficult and painful.
In its earlier stage, when motion is only somewhat limited, the condition is called hallux limitus. But as the problem advances, the toe’s range of motion gradually decreases until it reaches the stage of “rigidus,” or what is sometimes called a “frozen joint.”
See all Joint Health questions