Foot & Ankle Surgery
Topeka, Kansas Foot & Ankle Surgery
As a leading foot and ankle surgeon in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Gateley takes a personable approach that empowers his patients with information. Along with listening and answering questions, he clearly communicates options to develop the ideal treatment plan with each patient. Throughout his time in practice, Dr. Gateley has worked with countless satisfied patients while expanding his areas of foot and ankle surgery expertise.
Common Foot & Ankle Conditions That May Require Surgery
The conditions below represent many of the most common conditions that may be treated surgically by Dr. Gateley. Please note that this is not a complete list and that many of these conditions may be treated (or at least managed) through non-surgical means. In such cases, surgery will only be chosen if conservative treatments have been ruled out or shown to be ineffective.
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Ankle fractures
- Congenital deformities (clubfoot, webbed toes, extra toes, etc.)
- Charcot foot
- Degenerative arthritis
- Diabetic limb salvage / foot reconstruction
- Foot fractures
- Flat feet / collapsed arches
- Heel spurs
- High arches / cavus foot
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendon injuries
- Toe spurs
- Traumatic injuries
A Smarter Approach to Foot & Ankle Surgery
Dr. Gateley is known for successful results for a variety of foot and ankle conditions. He listens well and tries to understand each patient’s unique set of goals and expectations.
Many foot and ankle problems do not respond to “conservative” management. Your podiatrist can determine when surgical intervention may be helpful. Often, when pain persists with conservative treatments, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot or ankle.
The friendly staff at Gateley Podiatry makes sure that patients feel comfortable and appreciated during each appointment. Dr. Gateley is incredibly experienced when it comes to foot and ankle surgery. The staff will let you know what you can expect from your foot or ankle surgery, including pre-op, surgical, and post-op instructions.
Dr. Gateley will go over your preoperative x-rays and give you an idea of the post-surgical result you can expect.
Before making final decisions, you and Dr. Gateley will review your medical history to confirm your candidacy and to establish a plan for optimizing your medical conditions and overall health status. Safety is paramount. When necessary, Dr. Gateley relies on referrals and follow-up appointments with other medical specialists to ensure the best possible outcome.
The final part of your consultation includes scheduling your surgery date and your pre and post-operative appointments. Dr. Gateley’s team will also discuss any expected deposits, required lab work, and FMLA paperwork (if needed). Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance plan for clarification of benefits before proceeding with services.
A board-certified podiatric surgeon, Dr. Timothy Gateley is known for his foot and ankle surgical skill and experience. Over the years, he’s mastered the nuances of these procedures so that he consistently produces excellent results. His patients appreciate his bedside manner, attention to detail, and rave about their care.
Dr. Gateley and his staff work hard to make sure that patients are comfortable in the office and are fully confident in their choices. He is a member of the Kansas Podiatric Medical Association, and he is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Dr. Gateley is happy to answer any question about surgery, complications, medical issues, and how your specific circumstances may impact your foot and ankle surgery.
Be sure to ask Dr. Gateley about likely results to make sure you have realistic expectations. The surgeon and the patient’s goals need to be aligned to achieve ultimate success. As he outlines the surgical options and limitations, you can interject at any time until you are entirely comfortable with the plan.
Frequently asked questions include:
- When can I go back to work?
- How many follow-up visits will I need?
- What are the risks?
- How long will it be until I can return to my daily activities?
- When can I resume exercise?
- What signs should I look out that require me to contact the clinic?
No surgical procedure is without risk. While complications are rare, they are real, and they should be discussed with Dr. Gateley. Possibilities include pain, bleeding, infection, swelling, and the need for revision in the future.
Although the risk is minimal, bleeding and infection are complications inherent to any surgical procedure. Dr. Gateley almost always avoids both through meticulous surgical techniques, but it still may happen.
Minor bleeding may be simply monitored, or bandages can be changed by Dr. Gateley or his staff if necessary.
Infection is usually prevented by keeping the surgical dressing dry and intact but could lead to the need for antibiotics in some cases.
Foot swelling is present in the vast majority of patients undergoing foot and ankle surgery. This will likely persist to some degree for a few months. Swelling can be controlled with elevating the foot, icing behind your knee, a compressive dressing, and strict adherence to Dr. Gateley’s mobility instructions.
Although they are rare, it’s important that you educate yourself on all of the possible risks of surgery. Dr. Gateley can explain the extensive measures taken to prevent these issues. He can share various approaches should they arise.
Dr. Gateley Will Help Get You Back On Your Feet
After surgery and recovery, the vast majority of our patients return to their daily activities and pursuits better than ever and free from foot and ankle pain. This sought-after combination makes Dr. Gateley one of the busiest foot and ankle surgeons in the Topeka, Kansas. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice.