It’s always up to you…

Most foot surgery is elective.

Elective means it’s always up to you, the patient, to decide if and when to have it.

We are often asked when the right time is to consider surgery.

In most cases, the best answer is when the pain is becoming intolerable.

Most people who undergo elective foot surgery do so because they are experiencing pain from a particular condition on a daily basis.

Not being able to wear certain shoes comfortably or exercise regularly are other reasons to consider foot surgery.

If a condition such as a bunion or deformed toe is getting worse, we’ll recommend fixing the condition sooner than later to avoid a more serious situation.

The rare circumstance of proceeding with elective foot surgery when pain isn’t present is in a diabetic condition.

Many people with diabetes lose feeling in their feet. Correcting a foot deformity earlier than usual in this case is even more important, to avoid a major complication.

Bunions, hammer toes, bone spurs, and plantar fasciitis are examples of foot conditions that may ultimately need to be resolved surgically.

We always try as many non-surgical solutions as possible for these and most other foot conditions.

Unfortunately, there are times when foot conditions do not respond to non-surgical methods.

Since there are many things to consider when undergoing foot surgery, such as the impact on working, driving, and basic home needs, the ultimate decision is up to you.

If you ever seek a second opinion, beware of the doctor who wants to push surgery on you.

It might be the best option, but not unless conservative options have been exhausted.

If you are considering foot surgery, we’d be happy to walk you through the process and determine if it’s the best option for you.

We are here to serve you.

To Healthy Feet,

Dr. Betschart
203-791-0466