• Is Foot Surgery Painful?

    It’s true that recovering from foot surgery is not easy. Patients want to get back to their normal activities quickly, but rushing your recovery process can cause more pain and slower healing. To ensure that you have the least amount of post-operative pain, follow these guidelines.

    In the first 3-5 days after surgery, limit your activity. Only get up to go to the bathroom, or the kitchen for a snack. If you have someone to help you with these things, that’s even better.

    Set up a basket with magazines, games, and books to help entertain you while you rest. Keep your essentials nearby so you don’t have to get up.

    Take the necessary time off work, especially if you have a physically demanding job.

    The main cause of post-operative pain is swelling. Limit swelling by elevating your foot, using ice for 20 minutes at a time, use anti-inflammatory medication in addition to your pain medications, and limit walking around. Every time you get up, your swelling will pool at your feet causing pressure and pain.

    Foot surgery does not have to be painful. Listen to your doctor and your body. Do not push yourself to recover too fast. Some swelling can last up to 3-6 months after surgery.

    At Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care, we take a conservative approach, and always exhaust all our options before proceeding with foot surgery. If your foot pain is interfering with your quality of life, it may be time to consider surgery. Call our office at (817) 656- 0303 or visit toetalfootandanklecare.com for an appointment to discuss your options.

  • I have a broken toe. Is there anything I can do?

    We have all bumped or dropped something on our toe in our lifetime. How could such a little toe hurt so much, we often ask ourselves. Regardless of the injury, if you hurt your toe don’t ignore it. First line of treatment is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to the affected toe/foot. Taping the injured toe to the adjacent toe to prevent motion can help with pain.

    Ultimately though a podiatrist should look at your toe and get X-rays. If the toe is broken it must be treated correctly to prevent further problems with healing, walking and shoe gear. Although a toe is small, serious long lasting complications can arise if left untreated. Please visit our website for more information https://toetalfootandanklecare.com/term/fractures/ or call Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care at (817) 656- 0303.

  • Is the painful spot, on the bottom of my foot, a wart or a callus?

    A wart is a virus that invades your skin causing thickening in that area. It may or may not be painful, but usually will be painful when you squeeze the lesion from side to side. You may be able to see small black dots throughout the thickened skin. It will usually bleed easily once shaved down in the office. Sometimes they resolve on their own, but often need to be treated with a strong topical medication. Warts can be contagious and spread to other areas of the foot or to other family members.

    A callus forms due to an area of pressure. There may be a prominent bone, or area of rubbing or friction, that the thickened skin is trying to protect. If a large amount of callus builds up in one area, it can become very painful and feel like you are walking on a rock. These are usually treated by shaving them down and using padding or inserts in your shoes to decrease pressure and friction on the area.

    Either of these conditions can be easily treated in the office. If you aren’t sure if you have a wart or callus, or are having foot pain of any kind, please call our office for an appointment. (817) 656- 0303.