As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Iliya Beylin offers comprehensive foot and ankle reconstructions to restore functionality and strength to your feet and ankles. Your feet and ankles consist of hundreds of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that require a delicate and experienced hand to repair. If you have chronic problems and injuries to your feet, call or schedule a consultation online to meet with Dr. Beylin at his practice, Foot and Ankle Associates of South Florida located in Plantation and Coral Springs, Florida.
What is a foot and ankle reconstruction?
A foot and ankle reconstruction is a complex surgical restoration of the integrity and functionality of your foot and ankle. Your feet and ankles include hundreds of delicate bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making reconstruction painstaking work. The surgery may involve the placement of metal supports or even replacing your ankle joint with a prosthetic device.
Why would I need a foot and ankle reconstruction?
There are many reasons why you would need a foot and ankle reconstruction. You may experience an accident causing severe trauma to your foot or ankle. If you are an athlete, dancer, or have a profession that puts significant strain on your feet and ankles, you may find that over time you have more minor injuries and foot problems that will ultimately be resolved with a reconstruction.
If you have diabetes or another vascular disorder, you have a higher risk of foot injury, ulcers, and other complications in your lower extremities. If you suffer from an injury and another medical condition prevents you from effectively healing, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery may be the best option to save your feet.
What happens during foot and ankle reconstruction?
Foot and ankle reconstruction is carried out while you are under general anesthesia. It is a complex procedure that may take several hours to complete. Dr. Beylin surgically repairs your foot and ankle to restore functionality and strength with the ultimate goal of preventing future foot problems.
How should I prepare for foot and ankle reconstruction?
As with most surgeries, you’ll fast for a certain number of hours before your procedure. You should avoid medications that thin your blood, like aspirin for at least a week prior to surgery. You’ll be asked to provide a list of your medications, both prescription and non-prescription, to Dr. Beylin for personalized advice before surgery. In preparation for your appointment, it’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day you meet with Dr. Beylin and make sure you have a family member or friend to drive you home.
After surgery, your foot and ankle will be immobilized, so make arrangements for someone to help you at home for a few days. You will need physical therapy to restore strength and flexibility to your foot and ankle. Dr. Beylin may also suggest PRP injections to support the healing process.