Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers!

Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Dr. Stephanie Carollo provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about your foot pain, call Dr. Stephanie Carollo’s office at (586) 298-1585.

Foot Surgery

Q: I’ve heard that foot surgery is really painful. Is this true?

A: Foot surgery is not as painful as you may have heard.  Most of our patients only take pain medication for 1-3 days after surgery, and nearly all of them state that it was not nearly as painful as they expected.   Careful surgical technique can help to minimize postoperative pain, as does the protocol that we have our patients employ following their surgery.

Q: Does foot surgery require being put to sleep?

A: Usually not.  The majority of foot surgery (such as for bunion, hammertoes, great toe arthritis, neuroma, and tailor’s bunion surgery to name a few) is performed under what is called monitored anesthesia care with local sedation.  This means that the anesthesiologist provides medication through an IV that makes you sleepy, and we inject numbing medication into the area of your foot where the procedure will be performed.  So you are breathing on your own, do not have a tube down your throat, and are not “put under” or “put to sleep” as you may have heard is performed for some surgeries.  In addition, the vast majority of foot surgery is performed at outpatient surgical centers or hospitals, and patients go home just a few hours after their surgery.

Q: What is a podiatrist?

A: A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care.  Most have had 11 years of education and training after high school, which is comprised of the following: after completing undergraduate college, we then attend 4 years of podiatric medical school, after which we receive a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree.  Following this, we enter what is called residency training.  Podiatric medicine and surgery residency programs typically consist of 3 years of hospital training and include rotations in the various medical specialties (such as internal medicine, emergency room medicine, anesthesiology, rheumatology, general surgery, radiology, psychology, infectious disease, etc.) with the majority of time spent in rotations focused on the medical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems.  In Michigan, podiatrists may perform surgery on any part of the foot and ankle.  In addition, as lower extremity specialists, we may be the first to diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, including gout, vascular/circulation problems (which may include peripheral arterial disease or PAD), nerve problems/peripheral neuropathy, and blood clots/deep vein thrombosis (or DVT.)

Q: If I have a bunion, do I need a bunionectomy (surgery)?

A: Not necessarily.  The main consideration is whether your bunion (or bunions, as many people have them on both feet) is painful.  If it is, there are treatment options that can be employed before surgery is considered.  For those people who continue to have pain after conservative (or non-surgical) treatment options have been attempted, then bunion surgery or a bunionectomy may be performed.  A bunionectomy is considered elective surgery, which means that a patient can elect/decide to have the procedure if pain persists, but may also choose not to have the surgery performed.  For more information about bunions, visit our Bunion page on this website.

Q: What problems do foot and ankle surgeons treat?

A: Foot and ankle surgeons provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions including common to complex disorders and injuries that affect people of all ages. They are uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease, and they manage foot conditions which may pose an ongoing threat to a patient’s overall health.

Contact Dr. Stephanie Carollo – Foot and Ankle Surgeon serving Macomb County from Shelby Township, MI today – 586-298-1585.

Q: What is a foot and ankle surgeon?

A: A Foot and ankle surgeon is the surgical specialist of the podiatric profession. They provide complete medical and surgical care for a variety of conditions that affect people of every age.

Call 586-298-1585 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephanie Carollo, a foot and ankle specialist and surgeon serving Macomb and Oakland Counties out of Shelby Township, MI.

Q: How will I know if I need bunion surgery?

A: Bunion surgery is only to be considered if pain does not improve sufficiently with non-surgical or conservative care measures.