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Is foot and ankle surgery right for me?
By - Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, PA
January 14, 2016
Category: Podiatry

If you are currently dealing with painful and/or debilitating ankle or foot conditions, you're probably researching the best options to resolve the issue. An important question you are probably considering is this: "is foot and ankle surgery right for me?"Surgery

If you live in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can be a helpful resource to help you find the best answer to that question. With offices in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington the doctors and staff at Family Foot and Ankle can help you determine the best option for you.

Feet and ankles can be subject to many conditions. As they carry the weight of the body, they are subject to nearly constant and significant pressure. Over time, any of a number of conditions can develop, including stress fractures, tendon injuries caused by athletics, health issues from arthritis and diabetes.

In short, virtually everyone, at one time or another may find themselves dealing with an ankle and foot issue.

A number of treatment options are available for these problems. However, when conditions become too severe or are less responsive -- or even unresponsive -- to other treatments, foot and ankle surgery may be the best option.

Almost any foot or ankle issue can be treated with surgery. Conditions that can be resolved via foot and ankle surgery in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington can include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Cartilege issues
  • Deformities
  • Fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Tendon issues

An important question to consider is whether you are an appropriate candidate for foot and ankle surgery. Some questions you might consider are:

  • Am I generally in good health?
  • Do I have a condition, such as diabetes, that might inhibit, delay, or compromise recovery or prevent a successful outcome with foot and ankle surgery?
  • Is the issue I am treating so severe that foot and ankle surgery is the only option?
  • Have I considered or undergone other treatment options and if so, what was the outcome?

Generally, people considering any surgery should be in good health or in a physical condition capable of recovering successfully from a surgical procedure. Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes must be carefully considered; in some cases foot and ankle surgery is not recommended, even though it otherwise might be the most effective treatment option.

If you smoke, your doctor will very likely tell you to quit several weeks prior to surgery. This is because a number of studies have shown that smokers take longer to recover from surgery than non-smokers. People with a history of heavy alcohol use or who have conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and/or seizures, are also at higher risk for complications.

Important medical decisions should be made carefully and always with the help and advice of a qualified physician.

For more information go to or call 301-924-5044 in Olney, 301-439-0300 in Silver Spring, 301-868-7670 in Clinton, or 301-942-8110 in Kensington.