Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera turned to his 50,000 Twitter followers on New Year’s Eve in regards to foot surgery he underwent. Rivera posted several updates on his gnarled foot, claiming the appearance to be the result of back surgery gone wrong.
“Getting ready for surgery on foot ruined by [Hospital for Special Surgery],” Rivera tweeted. A photo of Rivera’s big toe set atop a copy of the day’s New York Times was included in his montage. “Patient is reasonably good spirits despite hair riot,” Rivera uploaded accompanied by a self-picture inside Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York. In a third tweet, Rivera posted “On the mend,” accompanied with a picture showing his foot and wearing a brace. In his final tweet, Rivera stated “heading home!” while taking a picture of him in his crutches.
Foot surgery is sometimes necessary depending on your condition. To learn more, talk to one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our podiatrists can determine the best course for your foot and ankle needs.
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.
We offer the newest diagnostic treatment and technologies for all of your foot and ankle needs. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact one of our 11 conveniently located offices in the Tampa Bay area.
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