Foot surgery can provide lasting pain relief, improved function and mobility, and a greater choice in footwear. Sandia Foot and Ankle, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are experts in performing a wide array of foot and ankle surgeries. Utilizing digital X-rays and superior technique, he provides top-quality care from your first pre-op appointment to through aftercare.
Dr. Pacheco routinely performs surgery to correct bunions. This is a surgery to correct a deformed area of the foot near the joint of the big toe. Surgery generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone. Recovery from your bunion surgery can be six weeks to six months, depending upon the amount of bone and soft tissue affected. Stitches are removed after 7 to 21 days, and you may not be able to put weight on your foot which requires wearing a special boot or shoe to keep the bones and soft tissue steady as they heal. Complete healing can take up to one year.
Ankle fusion is a surgery to fuse two or more bones to the ankle. It is also known as ankle arthrodesis. This surgery usually is done to treat arthritis in the ankle which causes stiffness, pain, and inflammation. All can lead to difficulty walking. Three main types of ankle arthritis include: osteoarthritis, which causes wear and tear on your joints over time; rheumatoid arthritis, caused by an autoimmune disease that affects your joints; and arthritis that results from a previous injury to your joint.
Ingrown toenail surgery is one of the more common surgeries Dr. Pacheco performs. An ingrown toenail may occur when the sides or corners of the nail curl, or dig into the skin of the toe causing swelling, pain, and redness. After receiving anesthesia, Dr. Pacheco cuts your toenail along the edge that is growing into the skin, pulling out the piece of nail.
Tendonitis, a condition in which the tendons become irritated, and ruptured Achilles tendons which often occur as a result of a sports injury, are conditions commonly treated with tendon surgery. Tendon injuries are common in contact sports such as football, wrestling, and rugby. Tendon damage can also result from rheumatoid arthritis, which causes inflammation in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause tendons to rupture and tear.
Before your surgery, Dr. Pacheco reviews any tests such as radiographs, MRIs, or CT scans. A medical history is taken and instruction given on the discontinuation or modifications of medications or supplements before your surgery.
The length of recovery is different for each patient. However, after your surgery you may require a cast, need to use crutches, or wear a protective boot. In addition, physical therapy may be required.
*Individual results may vary