Reconstructive Foot Surgery
Our goal is always to resolve your foot conditions and injuries with nonsurgical care as often as possible. Unfortunately, surgery is sometimes the best course of treatment. There is good news in the fact our doctors have the proven ability to perform successful procedures for conditions like:
- Bone fractures. There are different types and severity of broken bones, including ones where there are multiple pieces or the broken ends do not line up correctly for proper healing. In these cases, reconstructive surgery can be used to place everything back where it belongs.
- Bunions. This is both a common and progressive toe deformity a patient might develop. The progressive label means we might be able to treat symptoms and slow its development with nonsurgical care, but surgery is the only way to truly correct it.
- Charcot foot. This deformity is one of the major lower limb concerns that can result from a diabetic condition. Impaired blood flow and damaged nerves can weaken bones, make them more susceptible to fractures, and leave you unaware that problems have developed. Normal usage leads to further deformity and the need for reconstructive surgery.
- Flatfoot. If you have flexible flatfoot, or a child has pediatric flatfoot, there is not likely need for surgical reconstruction, but a rigid condition causing difficulty and pain with your daily activities may benefit from surgery.
- Hammertoes. This particular deformity, along with the related mallet and claw toe conditions, develops when an imbalance in strength between the muscles and tendons located on the bottoms and tops of toes leads to abnormal bending of the toe(s). Much like with bunions, these are progressive conditions, and they are best resolved at early stages, so do not wait to seek treatment.
Some of the types of reconstructive surgical procedures we may use include:
- Bone grafting. Bone grafts are taking a graft of bone from a different location to help repair bone tissue damaged in physical trauma.
- Joint implantation. This procedure essentially entails replacing a damaged or dysfunctional joint with an artificial joint or an orthopedic prosthesis.
- Osteotomy. Depending on your condition, we need to make cuts in bones, reposition them, and then hold the bones in place with the use of screws, pins, or plates.
- Tendon repair/transfer. In some reconstructive surgeries, we either repair a damaged tendon by making cuts and sewing the ends together or transferring a tendon from one location to another.