Foot and Ankle Surgery

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For most foot and ankle conditions, including many deformities, surgery is considered a last resort. We’ll always pursue every available non-surgical remedy to your problem first.

However, for cases that do require a more aggressive approach, it’s important to select a foot and ankle surgeon with the experience and training to correct the problem and help you recover quickly and safely.

At Premier Podiatry Group, our foot and ankle surgeons provide effective surgical care for an extensive range of conditions. Both of our doctors are board-certified foot and ankle surgeons skilled in a variety of advanced techniques, including minimally invasive surgery.

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Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

When possible, our doctors may recommend minimal incision surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, as an alternative to traditional open surgeries for certain conditions.

In this type of surgery, only very small incisions are used. The work is often performed using specialized tools, including a fiber optic camera to observe the surgical site.

Advantages of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Less post-surgical pain
  • Less scarring
  • Lower risk of post-surgical complications (including infection)
  • Usually no hospitalization required (and when it is required, the stays tend to be shorter)
  • Faster recovery
  • Lower cost in most cases

Reconstructive Foot Surgery

When non-surgical techniques such as shoe modifications or orthotics cannot adequately accommodate or alleviate the discomfort of a foot injury or deformity, reconstructive surgery may be your best choice. 

Examples include:

  • Bunion correction. Surgery may be necessary if the bunion is causing daily pain or interfering with activity, and conservative treatments are no longer sufficient.
  • Hammertoe correction. Hammertoes usually require surgery once the bent joint becomes too rigid to manipulate by hand.
  • HyProCure surgery. This is a minimally invasive and fully reversible procedure that can fix a common hindfoot misalignment often responsible for a variety of foot problems, including flat feet and heel pain.
  • Flatfoot reconstruction. Severe flat feet may require surgical correction.
  • Charcot foot reconstruction. Poor circulation and severe peripheral neuropathy (especially in combination with diabetes) can lead to repeated broken bones and the structure of the foot breaking down. Surgery is often required to save the foot.
  • Bone fractures. In non-stable fractures (such as when there are multiple bone fragments, or the broken ends do not line up correctly), bones may need to be repositioned surgically to ensure that they heal correctly.

Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery can involve many different techniques, including bone grafts, cutting and realigning bones (osteotomy), repairing and transferring tendons, and even implanting stents or artificial joints. Our experts will devise a surgical plan that properly addresses the needs of your specific situation.

Ankle and Achilles Surgery

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.
  • 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.
  • Achilles tendon rupture repair. Although an Achilles tendon rupture can sometimes be treated conservatively, surgical repair is often preferred for patients who are younger, more active, and need a faster recovery. 
  • Fracture repair. As with the foot bones, we perform a variety of surgical procedures to repair, realign, and stabilize broken ankles of all types.

Always Putting Your Needs First

At Premier Podiatry Group, our primary goal is always to provide the correct treatment for your foot or ankle condition, which best addresses your needs and your lifestyle. This means offering advanced nonsurgical treatments whenever possible, and the highest standards of surgical care when a more aggressive approach is required.

You can be assured that, if surgery is being considered, we will always thoroughly inform you about all your options. We make sure you are fully prepared not only for the procedure itself, but for the recovery and rehabilitation process afterward. You can always call us if you have any questions. 

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, please contact us right away so we can evaluate your condition and discuss your options with you. Just call (814) 472-2660 or connect online to request your appointment.