Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Cosmetic foot surgery is becoming more and more mainstream, however, not everyone that wants it should be considered as a candidate for the procedures.

Dr. Amy Barko, CWSP says that the general rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t hurt, don’t mess with it due to the general risk of infection because of the location of the surgery site.

Think about it…you are walking on the surgical site, so extra measures and care must be applied.

Things To Remember When Considering Surgery
  • During most foot surgery post-operative periods, you cannot get the surgical site wet. Make sure to use a cast cover!
  • You will need anesthesia clearance. This can be done through your primary care doctor or for hospital surgery, you can do the clearance at the facility.
  • Swelling is a big side effect of surgery. You can get swelling from almost any type of surgery but it happens in ALL foot surgeries. Depending on the procedure, an inflatable boot or compression dressing may be required to control the swelling.
  • After surgery most patients have a visible scar. We do have products to help with scar reduction in the office. SOME surgeries have virtually no scarring, but we’ll chat with you one-on-one about options.
How Soon Can I Have Surgery?

Most of Dr. Amy Barko’s surgeries are scheduled in advance since most are elective. If you are thinking about getting a procedure in before your deductible rolls over, then we need to see you at least 3 months before the year is over.

How Long Will I Be Off Work?


After almost all surgeries or procedures, patients need rest, but especially after foot surgery since you walk on the surgical site.

How long you will be off your feet will depend on the kind of surgery it is. Is it minimally invasive? Usually, there's no downtime at all. 

Other downtime estimates depend on your lifestyle, job, current health and the type of surgery. 

We can definitely figure it out together. The scariest part is the unknown. Let's chat about a plan. 

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


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Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.