Jodie Meeks of the Orlando Magic recently underwent surgery to stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Meeks was originally acquired through a trade with the Detroit Pistons on June 29th. He will be out indefinitely, and his return will depend on his response to rehabilitation. The surgery was done on the broken bone that caused him to miss all but three games last season with the Pistons. Last season he averaged 7.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.
When is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations
Types of Surgeries
The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem. Possible surgeries include the following:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options 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 New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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