Steve G. Steffan, DPM
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116 S Poplar St Ste 5
Vinton, VA 24179
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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 do Achilles tendon problems affect my body?
Achilles tendinopathy: Achilles tendinopathy starts with repeated small tears in the tendon. These tears may cause no obvious symptoms. Or they may cause mild to severe pain during movement. As the tearing continues, the leg may weaken and the tendon pain may become constant. Abnormal growths (nodules) may form in the tendon, and it may thicken. Without rest and treatment of Achilles tendinopathy, you may develop long-lasting (chronic) pain.
Achilles tendon tear or rupture: An Achilles tendon can partially tear or completely tear (rupture). A tear usually occurs in the tendon about 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) to 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) above where it attaches to the heel bone. Some doctors believe that this area is most likely to tear or rupture because of a limited blood supply. If you don't treat an Achilles rupture, you will feel weakness in your first steps when you walk. It may feel like walking in the sand. Over time, walking will become difficult.Other Achilles tendon problems: Other conditions can affect the Achilles tendon area alone or along with tendinosis. These other conditions are caused by inflammation. They include:
- Achilles paratenonitis. This is also called Achilles peritendinitis.
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis.
- Insertional Achilles tendinopathy.
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How is osteochondritis dissecans treated?
Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) depends on the age of the patient, the circumstances of the injury and the type of bone damage. A simple bone contusion (bruise) would be treated differently from a detached bone fragment. In most cases, OCD lesions in children and young teens will heal on their own, especially when the body still has a great deal of growing to do. Treatment options may vary from simply being on crutches and being casted to having surgery.
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