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Surgical Offloading Procedures for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers pose a significant challenge in managing diabetes, often leading to severe complications if left untreated. Among the array of treatment options, surgical offloading procedures stand as a critical intervention. These procedures involve relieving pressure from the affected area, allowing the ulcer to heal effectively. Surgeons may opt for techniques, such as tendon lengthening and bone resection. By redistributing weight-bearing forces, these surgeries alleviate stress on the ulcer, promoting tissue repair and reducing the risk of infection. While surgical intervention may seem daunting, it offers a vital opportunity for individuals with diabetic foot ulcers to regain mobility and prevent further deterioration. Additionally, when coupled with comprehensive diabetic foot care, including proper wound management and glycemic control, these procedures enhance the prospects of successful ulcer healing and minimize the likelihood of recurrence. If you have diabetes and have developed a foot wound, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you determine if this type of foot surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frankfort, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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