Robert A. Raley DPM SC
Comprehensive Foot Care


Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Meadowview, Kankakee, IL

Surgical services offered in Meadowview, Kankakee, IL

Even though most conditions that affect the feet and ankles respond to conservative or noninvasive treatments, sometimes surgical intervention is necessary. Dr. Robert A. Raley and his team provide minimally invasive and traditional open foot and ankle surgery onsite. To make an appointment, call the office in Kankakee, Illinois, or book online today. 

Surgical Q&A

What is surgical podiatry?

Surgical podiatry refers to operative procedures that treat issues affecting your feet or ankles. It uses a combination of incisions and special tools to remove diseased or damaged tissue and make repairs.

Dr. Raley and the team have a modern surgical suite onsite. The state-of-the-art facility makes it easy to receive same-day surgery without a trip to the hospital.

What are some examples of surgical podiatry?

Dr. Raley and the team perform several types of podiatric surgery, including:

  • Bunion surgery
  • Hammertoe surgery
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Removal of bone spurs

Dr. Raley and the team also perform surgery to remove plantar warts and ingrown nails. 

How do I prepare for foot and ankle surgery?

Preparing for foot and ankle surgery depends on the type of procedure. 

Before recommending surgery, Dr. Raley reviews your medical records, performs a physical exam, and takes a series of digital X-rays to assess the bones and joints in your feet and ankles. 

Whenever possible, Dr. Raley recommends conservative or noninvasive treatments, like orthotics or physical therapy. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you may benefit from surgery.

Let Dr. Raley and the team know about any medications or supplements you take. It’s also important you alert them to any underlying medical issues, like heart disease or diabetes. Anesthesia can increase the risk of complications, so it's important that these conditions are stable.

What happens during surgical podiatry?

At the beginning of the procedure, you change into a gown and lie down on an exam table. Then, Dr. Raley administers anesthesia intravenously, causing you to fall asleep.

After the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Raley uses surgical tools to make a series of small incisions. Then, he removes diseased or damaged tissue and makes repairs to relieve pain and encourage your body’s healing process. 

At the end of the procedure, Dr. Raley removes the tools, closes the incisions, and moves you to a recovery room for observation. When you wake up, a friend or family member can pick you up and drive you home.

To see if you can benefit from surgical podiatry, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Robert A. Raley by calling the office or booking online today.