Reconstructive Surgery For Your Foot Condition
If left untreated, certain foot and ankle conditions can cause debilitating pain, interrupting our lives and making it difficult to carry out daily tasks. Although many feet and ankle conditions can be treated with conservative care, there sometimes does come a time when surgical treatment is the best remaining option. If you’re suffering for a foot condition and feel you may require foot surgery then rest assured that at <insert name here> we are here to help and will do all we can to get you back on your feet.
Reasons why you may require foot surgery
There is a wide range of foot conditions that can require surgical treatment as a part of their effective resolution. Some of the most common foot conditions that may require foot surgery include:
A hammertoe sometimes referred to as a contracted toe, is a deformity caused by an imbalance of the muscles and ligaments in the second, third or fourth toe causing it to bend, resembling a hammer. When a hammertoe begins to form it is often flexible, but with age, the hammertoe may fuse, becoming rigid and causing great pain. Hammertoes often lead to further complications and so it is best to have them seen to early.
Thanks to fashionable footwear such as high heels, bunions are one of the most common toe deformities and are most commonly found in women. A bunion will present itself as a bump on the edge of the foot, most often on the side of the big toe, and can cause a lot of pain.
Flat foot is a common postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse causing the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground. In children, the flat foot is often flexible and is not considered a major health concern, but as a person ages, their flatfoot can become fused causing ankle pain and difficulties walking.
The bones in the feet can become fractured in a number of different ways, what’s important is that these fractures heal properly. If the fracture does not heal properly then it can cause further complications and so sometimes surgery is needed to put everything back where it should be.
Ingrown toenails are another common foot problem in which the toenail grows into the flesh of the toe causing a lot of pain. In severe cases, the toenail may need to be removed to allow the wound to heal and to encourage it to grow in a more uniform way.
Many of the conditions listed above are regarded as progressive, which means that they won’t ever get better on their own. In these cases, it’s important that a person seeks the correct treatment to avoid there condition becoming worse.
What reconstructive procedures are there?
As with any type of surgery, there are many different surgical procedures that a surgeon may use to correct a condition. Some of the procedures that we conduct regularly include:
Bone fusion: Sometimes it is necessary to fuse bones in the foot together to stop them moving, this can help to alleviate pain with conditions such as arthritis.
Joint implantation: The joints in our toes can wear out just as easily as those in our knees or hips. Joint implantation is the surgical procedure used to replace these joints with an artificial one of an orthopedic prosthesis.
Bone grafts: If a bone has become damaged due to trauma then it may require a bone graft to help it heal. A bone graft involves taking bone tissue from a healthy area of the body and then using it to help fix the damaged bone.
Tendon repair/transfer: Tendons can become torn or snapped in which case a tendon repair or transfer may be necessary to restore proper function. Sometimes the tendon can be sewn back together, otherwise, a tendon transfer from one area to another may be necessary.
Osteotomy: An ostomy refers to any surgical procedure that involves cutting or shaping bones and so can be used to cover a wide range of surgical procedures.
How can you prepare for foot surgery?
Before you undergo any kind of surgery you will meet with one of our experienced professionals who will conduct a thorough examination of your foot to determine your problem. Only once we are completely clear on the treatment needed to rectify your problem will we refer you for a surgical procedure. If you are referred for surgery then we will sit down with you to explain what you need to do to prepare for your surgical procedure, this will include details on anesthetic and how to prepare for the day.
The Recovery Process
Recovering from foot surgery is not dissimilar from recovering from any other kind of surgery. Depending on your procedure, we will discuss your recovery guidelines with you and explain your recovery timeframe.
Reconstructive surgery at Comp Ortho
Here at Comp Ortho we are passionate about providing the highest quality of care for our patients and are committed to your foot health. Whether your foot condition can be resolved with conservative care or not, we are here to help. Give us a call or chat with one of our foot health specialists today!