By Foot & Ankle Institue of Nevada
January 05, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Nerve Surgery  

One of the services offered by Sparks NV podiatrist Dr. L. Bruce Ford is nerve surgery. Nerve surgery is a very delicate procedure because it requires the doctor to repair the connections that cause your feet and toes to feel and operate properly. Here are a few things you may not have known about nerve surgery that you should know in advance of yours.

Helps Restore Sensation in the Feet
The main purpose of nerve surgery is to restore sensation (feeling) to the feet and toes. Over time or with injuries, the nerves of Foot Surgerythe feet can become compressed. Continuous pressure in one spot of the foot can cause the tissues to scar and go numb. Some medical treatments, like chemotherapy can also cause patients to lose feeling in their feet. Nerve surgery decompresses the nerves by releasing them from the affected tissue.

The Nerves Have to Be Magnified
The nerves in our bodies are too tiny to see with the naked eye. So when Sparks NV podiatrist Dr. Ford is operating on the nerves of the foot, he uses high-powered magnifying equipment to view them clearly. This type of procedure is called “microsurgery” and requires a very skilled surgeon.

Diabetic Patients Are Often Candidates
Nerve surgery is a common procedure for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetic patients who don’t have their condition treated often have problems with compressed nerves in the feet. This surgery helps to restore feeling and function to their feet before the problem worsens. Oftentimes, patients who have foot numbness or loss of sensation are don’t even know that they have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Consult Dr. Ford About How Nerve Surgery Can Help You
If you have a problem with numb, weak, tingling or painful feet, consult Sparks NV podiatrist Dr. L. Bruce Ford about whether you’re a good candidate for nerve surgery. Initial appointments can be requested online at or you can call 775-331-1919 to speak to a friendly receptionist at the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada.