With most endoscopic foot procedures, there will be a need to keep pressure off of the affected foot for a certain period of time to allow tissues and/or foot bones or joints to heal. This may be accomplished with the use of crutches or a cam boot.
Medication is sometimes prescribed if there is lingering discomfort during the healing/recovery period. Physical therapy that typically includes therapeutic exercises and stretches may be recommended to help strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot that was operated on. During a follow-up visit, X-rays may be done to make sure the affected foot is healing properly.
While there are many possible benefits associated with endoscopic foot surgery, it’s not right for every foot problem. A specialist at a foot and ankle center can determine if you may benefit from a minimally invasive technique. Even if a less invasive type of operation ends up not being the best option for your situation, an endoscopy may still be performed for diagnostic purposes to get a better idea of what’s going on with specific bones, joints, or soft tissues in your foot.