The increase in the aged population and their continued active lifestyles and a desire for a better quality of life make it important for the health care provider to have a basic understanding of conservative versus surgical options for treatment of the geriatric lower extremity. Surgical versus conservative approaches have been emphasized here; however, potential problems from operative intervention as well as postoperative care need to be discussed in detail with patients and family members. Advanced foot and ankle surgery is not immune from common postoperative orthopedic and cardiovascular complications. Conservative options need to be considered before surgery is recommended. Candidates that do qualify for surgery may now benefit from the advanced and improved treatments that have been developed to address lower extremity problems among the aging population.
This article was externally peer reviewed.
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J Am Board Fam Med. 2009;22(3):316-324. © 2009
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