What are my options, and how are they performed?
If you have a severe foot injury or degenerative condition, foot surgery may be your best option to restore your foot function and relieve your pain.
The podiatrist and orthopedic foot & ankle surgeons at OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, offer a full scope of foot and ankle surgical procedures.
The foot and ankle surgeons offer two types of bunionectomy: modified Lapidus and osteotomy.
These procedures use different techniques to remove excess bony tissue and correct the alignment of your big toe.
Your surgeon may use a pin to secure your toe joint while you heal.
When non-surgical treatments, such as orthotics or splints, don’t relieve a hammer toe, your physician may recommend surgery to correct the alignment of your toe joints.
The surgeons often use proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint fusion. During this procedure, your surgeon will straighten your toe and fuse the bones.
They use either permanent rods and screws or a temporary wire to hold your bones in place while they fuse.
There are both non-surgical and surgical treatments for claw toes. Most of the non-surgical treatments you can do at home.
The severity of your claw toes determines what type of surgery you’ll have.
Your physician will categorize your claw toe as early or late stage, either flexible or rigid, and from there recommend the procedure he feels is best.
Heel pain is a common foot and ankle complaint often caused by plantar fasciitis or bone spurs.
The foot and ankle specialists perform plantar fasciitis release, making a small incision in the fascia to reduce tension in the connective tissue.
If necessary, they can remove bone spurs at the same time.
A neuroma is an enlarged, thickened nerve bundle, usually located in the ball of your foot, between your second and third or third and fourth metatarsals.
The surgeons can remove the damaged nerve to relieve your symptoms and restore normal foot function.
It may cause some residual numbness, but you have many nerves in your feet, so removing a neuroma won’t affect your mobility.
The surgeons offer various tendon procedures, including repair for acute tendon injuries or lengthening or shortening a tendon to address a chronic problem.
Your orthopedic surgeon can also move or re-route the tendons in your foot or ankle to improve your foot function.
Many congenital deformities and foot injuries ultimately require reconstructive surgical repairs to restore function and stability, relieve pain, and prevent future complications.
Depending on your needs, your doctor may recommend any one of a variety of repairs, including:
Your surgeon may use screws, pins, wires, or other internal and external fixation devices to stabilize your foot while you recover from surgery.
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your surgeon to visualize the inside of your ankle joint.
During the procedure, your surgeon will insert an arthroscope — a thin surgical tube about the size and shape of a pencil with a light and camera on its tip — through a small incision and into your joint.
The camera transmits images from inside your ankle to a video monitor in the treatment room, allowing your surgeon to examine the bones, muscles, and connective tissue in your ankle.
They can diagnose issues and perform minor repairs during arthroscopic procedures.
When arthritis or a traumatic injury has severely damaged your ankle joint, a total ankle replacement may be the best treatment option for lasting pain relief and restored function.
During a total ankle replacement, your orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage in your ankle and replaces it with prosthetic parts.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot that connects your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis often results from overuse and is especially common in athletes due to repetitive strains on the tissue. Over time, the fascia becomes inflamed due to repeat tearing and stretching.
Your surgeon will give you personalized aftercare instructions. However, you should plan to take some time off to recover.
In most cases, you won’t be able to put weight on your foot and may need to keep it elevated.
You will probably need to use an assistive device while you recover, and your surgeon may prescribe physical therapy.
If you live with severe foot pain and need expert medical treatment, call OrthoNeuro or schedule a consultation online today.
The foot and ankle specialists provide thorough exams and tests to evaluate your condition and identify the best treatment to relieve your pain and restore your foot function.
If you have been suffering from foot and ankle pain and are considering surgery, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
Medically reviewed by
B. Rodney Comisar, MD, FAAOS
Foot & Ankle
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