What You Should Know Before Heel Surgery

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Preparation is key for events as big as the Olympics. Athletes from all over the world spend years preparing mentally and physically to compete against the very best in their specific sports. The dedication can make all the difference. This level of preparation is extreme, but the principle carries over to other things, particularly things as serious as surgery. Your preparation before heel surgery can help you handle your recovery.Heel surgery

Heel surgery is considered a last resort for addressing heel pain that hasn’t responded to conservative care methods. It allows specialists like our physicians to release an overly tightened plantar fascia (or other tissues) to reduce tension on the back of the foot and promote healing. Ultimately this procedure is very safe, but your preparation beforehand and how you handle your recovery afterword can make a difference for your overall healing.

Before any procedure, our team will help you determine if you actually need it. This may involve tests and trying conservative methods to see what else could be done for you. Once it’s been determined you would benefit from heel surgery, we go over the whole process and any risks with you. To prepare, you might need to pause certain medications, or make arrangements to deal with conditions that could affect your recovery. You will also want to get someone to drive you to and from your appointment, and adjust things at home to make it easier for you to get around.

Once the surgery is complete, you’ll have to stay off your foot. You might be in a special boot or a cast to protect the incision. Depending on the type of surgery [hyperlink to new webpage “Tenex Health Treatment”] and how big the incision is, you might have to learn how to clean and replace bandages as well. You may have therapy exercises, too, to help you rebuild strength in that foot.†

Knowing what you’re going into and preparing for it ahead of time can help you take better care of your lower limbs when you have heel surgery. Don’t take preparation time for granted—that is your chance to help make your recovery go more smoothly. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. will help you every step of the way so you get the best care at every stage of healing. Contact our offices in Castle Pines, Parker, or Cherry Creek, CO, for more information today. You can call (303) 805-5156 or use our website forms to reach us.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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