What is chronic post-surgical pain?
When you have surgery, you expect some discomfort while your body recovers. However, chronic pain after a foot or ankle surgery is far more common than you’d expect — between 10-50% of patients develop chronic pain after a foot or ankle surgery.
Your surgeon didn’t necessarily do anything incorrectly that led to your pain. Your feet and ankles don’t have much extra space available.
Surgery often triggers swelling, and when combined with the movement of your bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, a nerve could become entrapped or damaged.
In addition to chronic pain, an entrapped nerve in your foot or ankle can also cause:
- A shooting sensation that travels through your foot or up your leg
- Temperature sensitivity
- Muscle weakness
- Feeling like you are always stepping on a pebble
- Numbness in-between your toes
- Tingling or burning sensation on the bottom of your foot
Fortunately, the team at US Neuropathy Centers can assess chronic foot pain and provides customized treatment to alleviate your pain.
When should I talk to a doctor about chronic pain after foot or ankle surgery?
If you have chronic pain after foot or ankle surgery, don’t take no for an answer. Too often, patients with chronic pain that lasts for more than 6-12 months after surgery are told there’s nothing to be done.
The team at US Neuropathy Centers assesses your feet and ankles and looks for solutions to your pain long after other providers have given up.
Chronic pain can severely disrupt your life, keeping you from work, beloved hobbies, and social activities. It’s a common contributing factor to mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
How is chronic pain after a foot or ankle surgery treated?
The team at US Neuropathy Centers begins with a comprehensive assessment of your pain, symptoms, and nerve function. They use electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction studies, and MRIs to locate the nerve impingement causing your pain.
When they have identified and located the nerve impingement, they offer customized treatment plans to alleviate your pain.
For example, you may find that a nerve block relieves your pain. They also provide electrical nerve stimulation treatments as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures to release your nerve.
Call US Neuropathy Centers or make an appointment online today if you’re suffering from chronic pain after foot or ankle surgery.