You’ve been hobbling on your “bad” foot for months now. You’ve gotten inserts, painkillers, even new shoes—none of which has made any difference. You didn’t want to consider surgery, but now you know that you don’t have a choice. However, you still haven’t made the appointment because there are too many unknowns: How much will it cost? Will the surgery hurt? And worst of all: What if the problem comes back?
Our Full-Service Podiatry Clinic Helps You Every Step of the Way
At Sierra Foot & Ankle, we do everything possible to make sure that our patients are comfortable and informed. Rather than outsource our services, we have everything on site to diagnose and correct your problem, even if that means outpatient surgery. After diagnosing your condition using our digital x-ray, we discuss potential surgical solutions that cause minimum disruption, allowing you to get back to a pain-free life as quickly as possible.
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Victoria Melhuish can provide corrective surgery for:
- Ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail can be incredibly painful, and will likely need surgical removal in order to stop the nail from causing nerve damage. After we remove the nail, we guide you through your recovery, helping you heal and advising you on lifestyle and shoe choices to reduce the risk of another ingrown nail.
- Bunions. If your bunion has grown to the point that it is causing severe pain or has caused foot deformity, a bunionectomy may be the most effective treatment. We can remove the bunion, realign your big toe, and perform hands-on recovery to make sure you do not suffer further complications.
- Ankle deformities. A damaged ankle joint can be extremely painful, will often cause difficulty walking. We can help discover the cause of your ankle deformity (rheumatoid arthritis, fracture, birth defect, diabetes, etc.) and devise a way to prevent recurrence after surgery.
- Achilles tendon rupture. Athletes and accident victims may require surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Surgery typically requires an incision along the back of the heel, then sewing the torn pieces of the tendon back together. Patients will usually require a cast or walking boot with toes pointed downward to prevent the tendon from flexing as it heals.
- Heel pain. While many causes of heel pain can be treated without surgery, chronic conditions may require surgical intervention to restore lost balance or alleviate pain. Bone spurs, calluses, or other heel deformities may require osteotomy, a process where a bone is re-shaped aligned to relieve the pressure the soft tissues of the heel.
We Are Not In Charge of Your Feet. You Are.
We understand that surgery can be a frightening process. That's why we explain all of the potential risks, complications, and costs before your surgery, allowing you to make the informed decision that is best for you. At Sierra Foot and Ankle, we pride ourselves on being a valued wellness partner for our patients. We educate them on all of their options and help them decide on changes that will improve their health, but we never bully or intimidate patients into doing things that aren’t right for them. You are in charge of your health care, and we advocate for you.
While surgeries vary depending on the locations and complexity of the condition, most procedures are conducted on an outpatient basis. We are able to offer same-day appointments for surgical candidates, and will make every attempt to see you as soon as possible. Call our Carson City or Gardnerville office today at 888-608-8406 for more information, or fill out our quick appointment request form and we will contact you.
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