Foot Surgery

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For most foot ankle conditions, surgery is considered a last resort. Conservative measures have been tried and failed to provide sufficient pain relief or correction of the problem. That’s when surgery is approached as an option.

In some cases, like ruptured connective tissues or displaced broken bones, surgical intervention is actually the best way to avoid chronic pain, weakness, or even deformities. Serious arthritis, joint disease, tumors, and birth deformities may need more invasive remedies as well.

There are many different kinds of foot and ankle surgeries, but you can take comfort knowing that the Premier Podiatry Group team has extensive experience and provides compassionate care for you and your loved ones.

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.

 

Ankle and Achilles Surgery

Your ankle joints are instrumental for your ability to remain mobile and independent. But because they need to be both incredibly strong and incredibly flexible, they are extremely vulnerable to both traumatic and chronic injuries, such as sprains and tendinitis.

Occasionally, an ankle injury will need to be treated with surgery if conservative options are ineffective or inadequate. Surgical procedures we provide around the ankle joint include:

  • Ankle ligament reconstruction. This procedure may be required to treat a severe ankle sprain, or repair ligaments that have become weak, wobbly, and unstable after repeated sprains. We’ll make a small incision on the outside of the ankle, then tighten, repair, and/or reinforce the ligament using a transfer.
  • Achilles tendon debridement. This procedure may be necessary in cases of severe Achilles tendinitis, where the pain and activity impairment persist for more than six months despite conservative treatment. The goal of debridement is to surgically remove the damaged part of the tendon and, if necessary, reinforce it via a tendon transfer (usually using the tendon that goes down to the big toe).
  • Achilles tendon rupture repair. Although an Achilles tendon rupture can sometimes be treated conservatively, surgical repair is often preferred by patients who are younger, more active, and need a faster recovery. An incision is made along the back of the ankle, and the two torn ends of the tendon are sewn back together.
  • Fracture repair. As with the foot bones, we perform a variety of surgical procedures to repair, realign, and stabilize broken ankles of all types.

Surgical Experience and Skill at Premier Podiatry Group

If you are experiencing pain in your foot and ankle, it is possible that surgery may be required to heal the condition. Contact Premier Podiatry Group and schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists by calling (814) 472-2660

3133 New Germany Rd, Suite 62
Ebensburg, PA 15931
(814) 472-2660

411 Theatre Drive
Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 409-7373

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