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Frequent Foot Questions: What You Want to Know About Ankle and Foot Health

Exploring medical options to cope with pain can be very overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we share our most commonly asked questions from people just like you. Whether you are wondering what is causing your pain or trying to find out what treatment options are available to you, find answers here in our frequently asked questions section.

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  • How Soon Can I Get My Blood Work Done Before Surgery?

    Once you get your orders for blood work, you can get your blood work done within 30 days of surgery.

  • a Pre-Surgery Checklist

    Have you...

    • Received Post Op Boot?
    • Received Crutches?
    • Received Prescription for Knee Walker?
    • Practiced with Knee Walker or Crutches, if you will use them?
    • Scheduled Post Op Appointments?
    • Filled Prescriptions?
    • Arranged for a ride?
    • Done lab work?
    • Read Post Op Instructions?

  • What do I do with my FMLA forms?

    If you will be filing Disability or FMLA forms with your employer, please fill out the employee section and sign them before giving them to us so we can submit them directly on your behalf.  We can provide you with a temporary Handicap Parking Application as well.  Please get forms to us as soon as you have a surgery date to give us plenty of time to complete them!

  • How Should I Prepare for Surgery?

    In general, before your surgery, you will need to:

    • Stop any aspirin or Advil (Ibuprofin) 7 days before surgery.
    • Stop smoking as soon as you schedule surgery and do not resume until well after surgery, if at all.
    • If you use a knee walker or crutches after your surgery, practice using them well in advance of your surgery.
    • Pick up pain medications before your surgery date.
    • Take your regular medications on surgery day as instructed by the facility nursing staff on your pre-admissions call.
    • Wear comfortable clothes, including loose pants. shorts or a skirt/dress that will fit over bulky casts or a cam walker.
    • Have a person over 18 drive you to and from your surgery.
    • Show up 2 hours prior to surgery time for Northeast Methodist, 1 hour prior to surgery time for other facilities.
    • Bring photo id and insurance cards on the date of surgery
    • Do not bring valuables to facility on surgery day

  • How Does the MLS Laser Work?

    In a nutshell, the MLS Laser stimulates the mitochondria in cells to jump start the body's own healing process.

    Laser energy stimulates cells to remove toxins, like histamine and cytokine, out of cells.  They allow oxygen and food loads into the cell.  They block the pain signals to the nociceptros in the brain, and release endorphins and encephalin.  Laser light increases ATP production and cell growth.  It brings blood flow to the area and increases angiogenesis of capillaries.

    In fratures, it will increase osteoblast production within the first 10 days only.

    Like an antibiotic, each treatment is cumulative in its effectiveness, building off the previous treatments.