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Foot And Ankle Surgery Specialist

Leonard Greenwald, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in San Jose, CA

Do you live with foot or ankle pain and have tried countless pain relief methods without success? Or perhaps you have a foot or ankle condition that requires structural realignment? Foot and ankle surgery is a fast, effective treatment that delivers long-lasting benefits. Leonard Greenwald, DPM, has provided expert foot and ankle surgery for over 40 years. He welcomes patients from San Jose, California, and the surrounding areas to his practice, where he offers state-of-the-art podiatric surgery to children and adults. Call or request an appointment online today to discuss your surgery needs.

Foot and Ankle Surgery Q&A

When might you need foot and ankle surgery?

Surgery is often the last resort for podiatrists when treating foot and ankle injury or pain. Dr. Greenwald first tries non-surgical treatment methods like pain relief medication, physical therapy, or cortisone shots. If there's no improvement, surgery is usually the only remaining option.

On the other hand, surgery is often the first stage of treatment for many issues with foot or ankle development.

Dr. Greenwald offers most foot and ankle surgeries as outpatient procedures at Leonard Greenwald, DPM.

What are common foot and ankle surgery procedures?

The feet and ankles comprise many intricate parts, including bones, ligaments, and tendons. Dr. Greenwald is skilled at performing often delicate surgical procedures to restore pain-free mobility to these body parts. 

Bunion removal

Bunions form when bone or tissue in the metatarsophalangeal joint shifts, causing a lump to protrude from the joint. A bunionectomy (also called exostectomy) is a surgery that removes the painful growth.

Wart removal

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths. They're not dangerous but can feel uncomfortable and make you self-conscious. Dr. Greenwald offers laser removal and the more common procedure of freezing off the wart with liquid nitrogen.

Hammertoe surgery

A hammertoe forms when the middle joint abnormally bends, which causes the toe to turn inward. Surgery can release the tendon preventing the toe from lying flat.

Plantar fasciitis treatment

The plantar fasciitis is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot that can become inflamed and contract or tighten. Surgery removes a small portion of the tissue, allowing it to release and lengthen.

Dr. Greenwald has over 40 years of experience performing foot and ankle surgeries. If you have foot or ankle pain and other treatments have been unsuccessful, contact the practice to schedule a consultation.

How do you prepare for foot and ankle surgery?

You can improve your chances of a successful recovery by taking time to prepare for your foot or ankle surgery by doing the following:

  • Provide your complete health history
  • List any medications you take 
  • Plan to avoid smoking during recovery
  • Be clear on eating and drinking restrictions 

You should also arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.

Surgery is an effective way to treat painful or uncomfortable foot and ankle problems. To find out if you're a candidate, call Leonard Greenwald, DPM, or request a consultation online today.