Foot and Ankle Surgery Expertise

What is Foot & Ankle Surgery?

At Sole Focus Foot and Ankle in Marlton, NJ, Dr. Dalal specializes in advanced foot and ankle surgery, encompassing everything from minor procedures, such as bunionectomies and hammertoe corrections, to complex reconstructions following foot and ankle trauma or severe degenerative diseases. Our practice is proud to provide the latest surgical techniques and technologies to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients.

At Sole Focus Foot and Ankle, Dr. Dalal and our team are well-equipped to perform a wide range of foot and ankle surgeries, including treatment for traumatic injuries, ligament tears, arthritis management, and correction of deformities. The primary goals of these surgical interventions are to alleviate pain, restore function, and enhance mobility, enabling patients to return to their daily activities.

Recognizing the Need for Foot & Ankle Surgery

The decision to proceed with foot or ankle surgery often follows the realization that conservative treatments are no longer plausible or effective. Indicators that surgery may be necessary include:

  • Persistent Chronic Pain: Pain that does not improve with non-surgical therapies.
  • Visible Deformities: Such as bunions or hammertoes which impair function or cause significant discomfort.
  • Joint Instability or Frequent Sprains: Indicative of compromised ligament integrity.
  • Reduced Mobility or Stiffness: Limitations in joint movement that affect walking or standing.
  • Recurring Swelling or Inflammation: Often signs of underlying joint or tissue issues.
  • Challenges in Weight-Bearing: Difficulty in walking or standing that impacts daily life.
  • Non-Healing Wounds or Ulcers: Particularly critical for diabetic patients to address promptly.
  • Ligament or Tendon Damage: Including tears that disrupt normal function.
  • Improper Healing of Fractures: Or misaligned bones that may require surgical correction.
  • Advancement of Arthritic Conditions: When arthritis in the foot or ankle joint deteriorates joint function.

Dr. Dalal and our team at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle are dedicated to providing personalized care, always discussing potential outcomes ahead of time, and ensuring every patient understands their recovery plan. Our approach is patient-centered, emphasizing the importance of tailored surgical plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.

What are some treatments for Foot & Ankle Surgery?

It’s vital to note that the presence of these symptoms doesn’t automatically warrant surgery. A comprehensive evaluation, typically by a specialist like Dr. Dalal at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle, can determine the most suitable treatment approach, which may or may not include surgical intervention. When conservative treatments don’t provide relief or when structural abnormalities require correction, surgical interventions might be the best course of action. Common foot and ankle surgical treatments include:

  • Bunionectomy (bunion removal)
  • MInimally Invasive Procedures
  • Hammertoe correction
  • Ligament and tendon repair or reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy for joint issues
  • Fracture fixation
  • Fusion procedures for arthritis or instability
  • Neuroma excision
  • Heel spur removal
  • Ankle replacement
  • Correction of congenital deformities
  • Wound or ulcer debridement, especially for diabetic foot issues

Navigating the decision to undergo surgery is a crucial step in a patient’s healthcare journey. It’s essential to make informed choices based on expert advice. Dr. Dalal at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle can provide a comprehensive evaluation and detailed guidance, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care tailored to their specific needs and conditions.