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Regarding post-surgical home recommendations and ideas, don’t forget that there are things to do at home that we always forget or do not plan for. For example, taking your family members to appointments school or etc. This can be a tough one. If you’re the sole parent taking care of your children, then some people will wait until a relative or another family member can fly in to help out;  or they may live close enough where they can simply come over as needed. 

Foot surgery timing can sometimes work better with a college break - like Christmas break or summer break.   Sometimes it’s a good idea to wait to have surgery until you have enough help that all your family’s needs can be taken care of but there’s also the needs of the surgery patient themselves.  Discuss this with your surgeon, each different type of foot surgery and the recuperation and post op time off your feet or in a walking boot will be different.

If you are considering bunion surgery or other foot surgery, please let us know if you would like a surgical consultation.

Give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today. 

Traditional foot surgery involves an open incision to fully expose and gain full access to the anatomical site being worked on. For example traditional bone spur surgery to clean up and arthritic bunion site may have an incision approximately 2–3 centimeters in length. With the minimal incision technique this incision could be fraction of that possibly just 1 cm or less. With a small incision the wounds heal faster. With a smaller incision and with less exposure it is possible that some of the bone spurs will not be fully removed.  

So it is a compromise. There are times when minimal incision surgery is extremely effective. For example smaller bone spurs on the toes can be removed with a small incision and a burr power. Sometimes a tight tendon can be released through a very small incision. There are some innovative new systems and medical instrument companies that are coming up with techniques to do some procedures through a small incision. The following is an example of minimal incision surgery to remove a spur on the fifth toe. There is a before and after image of the x-ray. The incision on this is typically only 4 mm in length.

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If you have questions about foot problems and or foot surgery please feel free to contact our office at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today. 

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At Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists, we provide the best surgical treatment. We want to prepare our patients for their surgery. Here are some of the helpful things to prepare for before your foot surgery. Plan ahead for meals, driving, shopping, sleeping and bathing.

Do your errands ahead of time:

-get your post op Rx filled

-buy a cast shower protector

-have your meal planning done, you may want to get some premade dinners and easy meals

Prepare your house:

-set-up a bed on the main floor of the house, so you do not have to use stairs.

-set up your shower, get an inexpensive hand shower head

-get a plastic chair you can put inside the shower

-make sure your house is easy to move around in.

Family help:

-make sure a family member or friend can help during the 1rst 24 hours and

-arrange for help with driving

Prepare for some couch time:

-get books, movies, home office set-up.

Some planning before your surgery will make things easier during your post op time. You want the best long term out come and planning will help!

If you have more questions and would like a consultation let us know. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. 

Dr. Timothy Young and Dr. Brandon Nelson

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We often ignore the Tailor’s bunion. This is the painful bump that develops on the outside of the foot or lateral aspect of the foot just behind the small toe. Sometimes the surgery is very simple and basic and just involves shaving down the extra bone in the area and smoothing it down and then suturing things back together.
 
Other times patients have what we would call a splay foot and especially splaying of the fourth and fifth metatarsal. This is where the fifth metatarsal bows out. In this case, we have to reset the fifth metatarsal and surgically realign it back in its normal position. When this is done typically we will use at least one screw to help maintain the alignment of the bone in its new position. if you have a question about Tailor’s bunion correction or treatment options please contact our office at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. 
 
You can speak to myself Dr. Timothy Young or my partner Dr. Brandon Nelson. We both work at Foot Surgical Center of Issaquah. This serves the Greater Seattle Area, including Bellevue Issaquah and Redmond.
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