Is surgery really the next step for treating your foot or ankle? 

When it comes to treating most foot and ankle problems, our St. Clair Shores, Warren & Macomb, MI, podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. McKenna Kaye try to avoid surgery whenever possible, providing patients with effective nonsurgical solutions; however, sometimes foot and ankle surgery is necessary. Here are some signs that you may need foot or ankle surgery:

You’re Dealing with Chronic Pain 

Pain is not something you should have to deal with. So if you find yourself dealing with chronic foot or ankle pain for months or even years, then it may be time to talk with our St. Clair Shores, Warren & Macomb, MI, podiatrists about surgery. After all, surgery can correct the root cause of your pain, making it possible to restore full function back into the feet and ankles.

You Have a Severe Injury 

If your foot or ankle has been injured in a severe accident, whether car or work-related, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to repair damaged tissue, bones, or other injured areas of the foot. If you are dealing with a displaced fracture, surgical interventions may be needed to set the bones back into their proper alignment. If you are dealing with an open fracture, in which the bone is sticking out of the skin, this requires immediate medical attention.

Nonsurgical Treatments Don’t Work 

So, what happens when the nonsurgical treatment options you’ve been using just aren’t doing the trick? This is another reason to consider turning to our St. Clair Shores, Warren, & Macomb, MI, podiatrists for surgery. While the first course of action against any foot or ankle problem is always nonsurgical, if we’ve exhausted these options and nothing provides you with relief, then surgery may be a better option.

You Have Trouble Getting Around 

When pain and other foot and ankle problems have limited your mobility this can quickly impact your wellbeing and quality of life. If you find yourself unable to get around like you once did, or having to cancel plans or avoid certain activities and chores that you used to be able to do yourself, then surgery may improve your foot and ankle function and restore mobility.

If you are dealing with any of the foot and ankle problems above, and want to talk with our podiatrists about surgery, Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers provides nonsurgical and surgical solutions here in St. Clair Shores, Warren, & Macomb, MI. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (586) 416-3668, (586) 756-3338, or (586) 779-6140.