Surgery vs Non Surgery Assessment


Although we advocate for non-invasive, conservative and holistic treatment options, there are cases where surgery is the best or only option that will assist you with your specific injury or condition. At Melbourne Sports Podiatry, we provide a complete end-to-end service addressing both pre and post-surgical treatment plans to assist you with your injury or condition to help you to return to a normal and active lifestyle quicker.


Pre-Surgery Sports Podiatry Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation


Foot and ankle rehabilitation is often seen as an activity that is taken after a major change such as surgery. However, it is just as important pre-surgery as it is post-surgery. Activation and strengthening the main structures between your hips and toes prior to surgery has been strongly indicated to reduce your recovery time after surgery and get you back on your feet faster. In many cases, the option to undertake surgery will take anywhere from weeks to months to come to fruition. In these cases, it’s highly recommended by Surgeons and Allied Health Professionals that you get a step ahead and begin early rehabilitation. Another benefit of early rehabilitation is that it gives your podiatrist a greater understanding of your body and your baseline level of performance. This will also allow us to communicate and provide additional information that may be helpful to the surgeon prior to completing the procedure.


Post Surgery Sports Podiatry Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation


While it is important to begin early rehabilitation prior to surgery it is vital to restart rehabilitation straight after your surgery. Post-surgery rehabilitation will ensure that you’re able to meet and potentially exceed performance levels against your pre-surgery benchmarks. Furthermore, rehabilitation after surgery is paramount to ensure the risk of the same injury occurring in the future is reduced significantly.


Melbourne Sports Podiatry offers foot and ankle rehabilitation and surgery for the following procedures:


  • Bunion Surgery
  • Hammertoe Surgery
  • Stress and Acute Foot and Ankle Fractures
  • Fibular and Tibial Fractures
  • Metatarsal Surgery including 5th Met Fractures
  • Lisfranc and other Midfoot Surgical Operations
  • Ankle Replacement, Fusion or Triple Arthrodesis
  • Tendon Surgery e.g Achilles and Tibialis Posterior Tendons
  • Plantar Fascial Surgery
  • Mortons Neurotomy
  • Ligament Repair Operations