Foot Surgery Specialist

Foot Surgery services offered in River North, Chicago and Evanston, IL

If you have chronic foot pain because of a fracture or heel pain from plantar fasciitis, you could be a candidate for foot surgery. At Northside Foot & Ankle PC, Timothy Kruse, DPM, uses advanced surgical techniques to repair fractures, release over-tight ligaments, or correct misaligned joints. Dr. Kruse also offers complete post-surgical care and can refer you to a physical therapist to help you recover more efficiently. Call the office in River North, Chicago, or Evanston, Illinois, today or go online to schedule a foot surgery consultation.

Foot Surgery Q&A

Why would I need foot surgery?

Many conditions can require foot surgery. When medication or other nonsurgical therapies don’t work, Dr. Kruse can determine if you’re a candidate for surgery.

He could recommend foot surgery to treat:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Neuroma (nerve tumor)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Soft-tissue masses

Dr. Kruse also offers surgery to treat fractures and other injuries that result from trauma to your feet and toes.

What happens during foot surgery?

Different kinds of foot surgery involve different surgical techniques. Dr. Kruse is highly skilled in performing a wide range of foot surgeries. He uses the latest techniques to ensure the best possible results.

Depending on the surgery you’re having, you can expect:

Bunion surgery

During bunion surgery, Dr. Kruse focuses on straightening a bent or deformed toe joint. He might also need to reposition or remove surrounding ligaments or tendons to keep your toes properly aligned.

Hammertoe surgery

Hammertoe surgery works to straighten toe joints to relieve persistent pain. This surgery often involves the removal of a part of the bone in the affected toes or fusing the toe joints together.

Neuroma surgery

During neuroma surgery, Dr. Kruse removes soft-tissue masses that push on nearby nerves. These masses usually develop between your toes or in the ball of your foot.

Plantar fasciitis surgery

Plantar fasciitis surgery involves cutting the thick band of ligaments (plantar fascia) that connect your toes to your heel. Releasing the ligament relieves chronic heel pain and restores flexibility in your foot.

How long does it take to recover from foot surgery?

While everyone heals at their own pace after surgery, you’ll need some downtime in the days after surgery. Your total recovery time will depend on which surgery you had and the severity of the condition you’re being treated for.

Dr. Kruse could recommend elevating your foot and using ice to reduce swelling after your procedure. He also teaches you how to care for incisions and change bandages to lower your risk of infection.

If you have any pain after surgery, Dr. Kruse can help you manage it with over-the-counter or prescription medicines. You might need to start physical therapy after your surgery to strengthen your foot’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Call the Northside Foot & Ankle PC office nearest you today or book a consultation online to determine if you’re a candidate for foot surgery.