Have a Question About Foot Pain or Treatment? Find the Answer Here

We get asked a lot of questions about foot and ankle pain. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions (and their answers) to give our patients fast access to common podiatry issues. Use the search bar on this page or browse through our list of frequent questions for solutions to your problem.

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  • Will I have to miss work after foot or ankle surgery?

    Planning ahead for a surgical procedure is important, especially when it comes to considerations regarding work after foot or ankle surgery. In short, yes, you will likely have to miss at least some work following your surgery.

    The amount of time you will need to request off varies, naturally, based on the procedure we are performing for you. When we discuss your surgical options, Dr. Melhuish will provide a reasonable timeframe with regards to the surgery and your recovery period.

    There are other things to consider, including making travel arrangements and planning for child care (since it can be difficult to keep up with children when you need to recover from surgery). We will discuss all of this in advance so you can know what to expect.

    Our goal at Sierra Foot & Ankle is to try and provide the relief and treatment you need without resorting to surgery. The good news is that we are able to do so in many cases. Contact us for more information on how we can address whatever lower limb problem is affecting you. Either give us a call in our Carson City, NV office at  (775) 783-8037 or take advantage of our online form.

  • When is surgery necessary for my foot problem?

    There are essentially two general situations when surgery is necessary for a foot problem – if the condition is unresponsive to conservative care or it is progressive.

    Our goal at Sierra Foot & Ankle is always to address your lower limb issue with the use of nonsurgical care. To that end, we will attempt everything we can to avoid surgery. Unfortunately, sometimes conservative treatment is simply not enough. In cases like these, we will recommend surgical procedures so you can have relief from pain and be able to use your foot as intended.

    Progressive conditions, like bunions, are ones that will continue to worsen over time—especially if left untreated—and cannot be corrected with conservative methods. Now, sometimes we can provide relief and keep the condition from worsening without resorting to surgery, but this is not always the case.

    If you need expert foot and ankle care, whether conservative or surgical, come see us at either our Carson City or Gardnerville, NV offices and we will provide the treatment you need. Call us toll-free at (888) 608-8406 or request your appointment online so you can get back to doing the things you love!