Rasheed Wallace, famous basketball player for the New York Knicks has retired for a second time. The surprising statement was given by Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald. The decision was made two days after Wallace injured his left foot which he had foot surgery on.
Wallace’s injury continued to bother him until late February, according to Knicks. Wallace had a stress fracture in the foot, which would require regular-season ending surgery. The Knicks hoped Wallace would be able to contribute to the playoffs; instead he played only under four minutes on Monday, before having to leave due to foot pain.
It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should seea podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry who understands how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments and getting back into the game.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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