Bone deformities of the foot can cause a variety of issues, ranging from discomfort to difficulty walking. Fortunately, most bone deformities in the feet can be corrected with surgery by a qualified foot surgeon.
In this article, we will talk about some of the most common deformities a foot surgeon can correct.
One common surgery is a bunionectomy, or hallux valgus correction surgery, which corrects bunions – an enlargement at the base joint of the big toe caused by misaligned bones in the foot due to incorrect footwear, arthritis, or other factors. During this procedure, the foot surgeon repositions the big toe and realigns the soft tissues around the joint. To set them in place, the doctor uses screws and plates, so they heal in the right position.
Hammertoe repair surgery involves fixing tendons that have become contracted, causing the toes of the foot to bend abnormally inward – known as hammer toes. This condition causes pain when wearing shoes or walking. To fix this issue, a foot surgeon removes part of the bone and uses a pin to keep the toe or toes in a straight position. The surgeon may also perform a tendon transfer, if necessary, to help with straightening the deformed toe.
Flatfoot reconstruction operations are performed when patients suffer from fallen arches (also known as pes planus), resulting in chronic foot and ankle issues. With fallen arches, the breakdown of soft tissues in the foot is accelerated, and if non-surgical treatments do not provide relief, reconstruction may be recommended. The surgery may involve the cutting of bone, tendon transfer, or fusing together of bones to reshape the foot, so the arches become normal and have better support.
Like flat arches, high arches are also a problem. Both can cause chronic foot pain and increase your susceptibility to foot and ankle injuries. High arches are usually treated with custom orthotics. However, if the pain does not improve with non-surgical treatments, your foot surgeon may recommend surgery to treat high arches, which is also called cavus foot surgery. Surgery to correct high arches involves similar methods to flatfoot reconstruction surgery.
These are just some of the most common bone deformities a foot surgeon can correct. However, considering the specialized training of foot surgeons, they can treat even rare and complex conditions.
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If you have a foot deformity and are seeking expert treatment for it, put your trust in the highly skilled hands of the foot and ankle surgeons at The Podiatry Group of South Texas. For decades, we have served the podiatry needs of the communities in South Texas and have maintained a great reputation we can be proud of. We will prescribe an individualized treatment program that will give you relief from your symptoms and restore you to normal.
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