Foot Surgery Specialist

South Denver Podiatry

Karolina Varnay, DPM

Podiatrist located in Littleton, CO

While reconstructive foot surgery is usually the last resort, it might be essential if you have a fracture, bunion, hammertoe, or similar type of issue. With her expertise in foot and ankle surgery, board-certified podiatrist Karolina Varnay, DPM, offers minimally invasive foot surgery consultations at South Denver Podiatry. You can book your appointment at this Littleton, Colorado, podiatry clinic with the online booking feature or call the office directly.

Foot Surgery Q & A

Why do I need foot surgery?

Most foot injuries and chronic conditions just take time to heal, even with the help of conservative treatments, like physical therapy or custom orthotics. In some cases though, noninvasive therapies might not be ideal for you, or they might not provide the relief you need. Under these circumstances, foot surgery might be the best solution.

You might need foot (or ankle) surgery to:

  • Reconstruct a bunion or hammertoe
  • Resolve chronic plantar fasciitis pain
  • Repair a broken bone
  • Remove a heel spur
  • Repair a ruptured Achilles tendon

With advancements in minimally invasive surgical techniques and tools over the years, you can usually expect a full recovery, even if you had a serious sport or workplace injury.

What happens during foot surgery?

Dr. Varnay and the team at South Denver Podiatry offer comprehensive preoperative appointments, so you know exactly how to prepare for your specific surgery. In most cases, foot surgery is an outpatient procedure and you can go home the same day. You’re either going to need a mild sedative and a local anesthetic or general anesthesia, depending on your specific procedure.

During foot surgery, Dr. Varnay makes small incisions over your treatment area. She uses thin surgical tools to make the essential repairs and reconstruct the injured or damaged area. After stitching up your incisions, you just have to relax in the recovery area until you’re cleared to go home. Most surgeries are complete — from check-in to check-out — within a few hours.

What is the recovery period after foot surgery?

Dr. Varnay is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with extensive training in using minimally invasive tools and techniques to repair even the most complex of lower extremity issues. This allows for a quicker recovery period, as compared to traditional open surgeries.

You’re going to be sore and swollen for a few days after surgery. During this time, though, you can usually walk around for short periods while wearing your supportive brace. You should be able to return to work and to many of your regular activities within about 10-14 days.

It could take anywhere from 8-12 weeks to have a full recovery and be able to return to all of your normal activities, including exercise and sports. But you’re probably going to be in physical therapy throughout this period and working to strengthen your foot or ankle, so you can heal stronger than you were in the first place.

Plus, if you’re having surgery due to a workplace accident, you can feel confident that as a Level 1 Certified Workers’ Compensation practitioner, Dr. Varnay has expertise in processing the paperwork required for your treatment.

To learn more about modern foot surgery options, book an evaluation at South Denver Podiatry. Request an appointment online or call the clinic to check availability.