Podiatry FAQs

Post Street Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art surgical center led by a talented team of podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons, such as Dr. Catherine Cheung. We use cutting-edge diagnostic techniques to identify and treat the root cause of your foot and ankle conditions. We use conservative care, such as custom orthotics and braces, to address your foot and ankle concerns. However, we recommend surgeries for severe cases to prevent future complications or if the conservative treatments don’t yield results.

Do I need surgery for my foot pain?

We only recommend surgeries as a last resort to treat the source of your foot pain. We usually diagnose the root cause of your foot pain using MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays. After tracing the root cause of foot pain, we use conservative treatments to provide complete relief. We only proceed with surgeries if conservative treatments fail.

What’s the root cause of my sore feet?

Sore feet can be caused by abnormalities in the feet’ structure, such as flat-footedness or club foot syndrome. We can generally treat feet soreness using custom orthotics, i.e., shoe inserts, but surgeries may be necessary in severe cases.

What are custom orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts that fully support the foot’s position and prevent arch collapse. Over-the-counter orthotics are usually incapable of correcting your feet’ deformities or abnormalities because they don’t capture the exact position of your feet, making them little more than cushions. Custom orthotics can make up for your feet’ structural problems and support the arch, restoring optimal functionality.

How well do foot surgeries work?

Foot and ankle surgeries are incredibly effective at correcting your specific problems. They maintain a nearly perfect success rate, and most patients restore complete functionality in a few months.

Do foot and ankle surgeries cause complications?

Foot and ankle surgeries are completely safe procedures with a negligible risk of complications. Most patients experience mild swelling, numbness, and pain after the surgery, but these side effects gradually dissipate in a few days or weeks. Some patients also experience more severe complications, like superficial infections, worsening pain, and delayed or nonunion of bone correction, but their likelihood is negligible.

Will I have to wear a cast after the surgery?

Whether you’ll need a cast depends on your underlying conditions and the type of surgery. Minor surgeries only necessitate protective shoes after the procedure. However, moderate or severe surgeries involve postoperative cases for up to 2 weeks, followed by a walking cast to transition into weight-bearing.

What’s the downtime after the foot and ankle surgery?

If you have a desk job that doesn’t involve weight-bearing, you can return to work in 3 to 5 days. However, if your job necessitates standing on your feet for long periods or lifting heavy objects, you may need to take several weeks off work. Your surgeon will recommend the ideal downtime, and you should consult with your podiatrist whenever you consider returning to work.

Scheduling your appointment

Please schedule an appointment at Post Street Surgery Center, San Francisco, to discuss your hand and microsurgery options.

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