Why would you need foot surgery?
While surgery may be the last resort when it comes to handling most foot and ankle conditions, there comes a point when it might be time to consider surgical correction. When this happens, you want a surgical team that can provide you with the latest techniques and treatments to ensure an effective corrective or reconstructive surgery with a swift recovery.
Here at Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care in Forest Hills, NY, our podiatrist specialize in providing a wide range of foot surgeries including arthroscopy. From foot trauma and foot deformities to injuries and advanced arthritis, Dr. LeKeisha George can walk you through every step of the foot surgery process.
The most common types of foot surgery include,
- Bunions: This enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe can often be treated with conservative care; however, if the bunion is large, painful and affects mobility then it may be time to consider bunion surgery to correct the deformed joint.
- Hammertoes: Along with bunions, hammertoes are one of the most common foot deformities that affect the middle joint of one or more toes, causing the toe to bend downward (resembling a claw). If the hammertoe advances until it becomes rigid, the person will be unable to straighten the tooth. Fortunately, rigid hammertoes can be fixed with surgery.
- Metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint dislocation: It’s common for the joints within the smaller toes to develop arthritis, particularly with age. This arthritis can lead to inflammation of the joint lining in these toes, which can cause an MTP joint dislocation. While there are other ways to manage symptoms without surgery, surgery may be necessary if the pain and inflammation are severe and uncontrolled by other treatment options.
- Plantar fasciitis: The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis will often heal with simple nonsurgical treatment; however, there are instances where plantar fasciitis-related heel pain can become chronic. In this case, surgery may be necessary to release the plantar fascia.
- Achilles tendon ruptures or tears: Like plantar fasciitis, most cases of Achilles tendon problems will respond to nonsurgical treatment options; however, tears or ruptures often require surgery to repair the tissue or lengthen the tendon.
- Morton’s neuroma: A swollen nerve in the foot can result in Morton’s neuroma, a benign growth that usually develops between the toes. If symptoms are severe and don’t respond to other treatment options then surgery may be the best way to either remove the affected nerve or to release any pressure that’s being placed on the nerve.