Surgery is considered the most suitable choice for people whose foot and ankle problems are not responding to conservative treatments and are making the simple act of walking and standing the worst nightmare. Despite the lengthy recovery, foot surgery can significantly correct the structural deformity and help regain your foot function.
Foot surgery can effectively relieve chronic pain, restore foot function, and prevent further damage to the feet.
Let’s discuss some of the most common foot surgeries performed at a podiatrist’s office and where you can go in San Antonio, TX, for world-class orthopedic treatment.
Bunions Foot Surgery
A bunion is a bony bump that occurs at the base of the big toe causing your big toe to pull towards your other toes. Bunions also force the joints of your big toe to stick out. Poor footwear choices, such as wearing high heels, are a significant factor in a bunion.
Bunion surgery may be performed as a single procedure or a combination of the followings:
- Removing a part of the big toe bone to straighten it
- Removing swollen tissues located around your big toe
- Permanently joining the bones of your affected joint
- Realigning forefoot bones to a normal position to correct the abnormal big toe joint angle.
Achilles Tendon Repair
A torn Achilles tendon (thick tissue band connecting heel to calf muscles) may require surgical repair. The repair surgery aims to connect the torn ends back together, which couldn’t reconnect naturally without surgery.
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
Even though solid exercise and stretching can overcome plantar fasciitis, there are some unfortunate cases where only surgery can correct the problem.
During plantar fasciitis surgery, the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toe) is detached from the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis surgery can be performed as an open procedure or through a small incision.
Reconstructive foot surgery addresses foot problems or deformities affecting the balance and gait. This surgery also addresses birth defects and permanently treats various other foot disorders.
Reconstructive surgery is indicated for tumors and lesions, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and severe foot injuries.
Metatarsal Foot Surgery
Metatarsal bones are a group of five bones located between the tarsal bones and phalanges of the toes. Arthritis in the small metatarsophalangeal joint causes the lining of the joints to inflame, resulting in pain and discomfort.
Typically, surgery involves cutting, repositioning, and fastening the metatarsal bone in place with screws, pins, or plates.
Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
Morton’s neuroma is characterized by the thickening of tissue around the nerves of the toes causing sharp burning pain in the ball of the toe. It also causes stinging or numbness in your affected toe.
Surgery may involve alleviating the pressure on the compressed nerve by cutting the nearby structures (ligament binding the bones of the front foot together) or removal of nerves.
Foot Fracture Surgery
Fractures in foot bones may range from tiny cracks in the bones to breaks. Treatment for a fracture depends on the site of the fracture and its severity. Surgical procedures may involve reduction (a process in which broken pieces are manipulated to place them back in their position) and immobilization.
Foot Surgeon in San Antonio, TX
At The Podiatry Group of South Texas, our foot and ankle surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in treating foot and ankle injuries and disorders. They are committed to providing you the highest quality nonsurgical and surgical care for your foot problems. You can count on our podiatrist’s sharp clinical understanding and skills to see excellent outcomes.