Foot & Ankle
Podiatric surgery is performed to treat certain foot and/or ankle conditions that have not responded to more conservative treatments, allowing patients to live without foot or ankle pain.
Disorders of the foot develop from a wide range of causes, many of which can be treated with reconstructive foot surgery. Reconstructive foot surgery can help repair birth defects, diseases, injuries and other foot problems that can benefit patients' medical and aesthetic needs. When more conservative treatment methods fail or are not an option, reconstructive foot surgery is often effective in treating many foot disorders.
The surgery performed depends on the type and severity of the condition, but can restore function and stability to the foot, as well as relieve pain and restore proper appearance. Surgery can involve any part of the foot and may involve tendon, bone, joint, tissue or skin repair. Screws, pins, wires and plates may be required to help the foot heal and ensure a full recovery. Reconstructive foot surgery can often be performed on an outpatient basis with minimally invasive techniques. Recovery time varies, depending on the specific condition being treated.
Although there are many non-surgical treatment options available to relieve arthritis pain, some people are so severely affected by this condition that their pain is unresponsive to conservative methods. Long-term, debilitating arthritis pain may benefit from joint surgery to reduce pain and restore normal functioning. Joint surgery is typically used as a last resort treatment for arthritis.
Joint surgery depends on the location and severity of the pain. Each year, many people suffering from foot and/or ankle arthritis undergo surgery to relieve their painful condition. Many of these procedures are minimally invasive as new technology helps to provide less scarring and shorter recovery times.
Total joint replacement involves removing the damaged bones and tissues and replacing them with synthetic materials to stimulate the natural behavior of the joint. While this is the most complex and advanced procedure, it is very successful and can last for several years. Less complex procedures include arthrodesis, arthroplasty, osteotomy, resection and synovectomy, which relieve pain by removing or repairing damaged joint materials.