Podiatric Surgery is the surgical treatment of the foot and its associated structures. It is carried out by a Podiatric Surgeon, usually as a day case procedure and often under local anaesthetic. more
What does a Podiatric Surgery?
Podiatric surgeon - a specialist who performs surgery on the feet, ankles, calf injury after chronic diseases such as diabetes, injuries to the feet and ankles, and congenital malformations.
Podiatric surgeons help in treatment of a following diseases:
Chronic wounds to prevent amputation;
Diabetic foot disorders;
Repair and treat deformities;
Alleviate the effects of arthritis;
Perform amputation when necessary; total ankle replacement;
Repair trauma injuries (fractures, sprains, and torn tissue); and many other conditions.
When a Surgery is Necessary?
In some cases, foot problems do not respond to conservative, non-invasive treatments, and when pain or deformity persist, surgery may be necessary to alleviate your discomfort or to restore the function of a foot. Some surgeries are minimally invasive, performed in an outpatient hospital setting, and others require a hospital stay.
Operations on the foot aimed at eliminating the following common pathologies:
Foot Surgery- Hallux valgus
Bunion (valgus) is the most common disease, especially in women. The pathology is accompanied by pain and deformities in the affected area. In the early stages is possible conservative therapy, but generally patients come in cases where surgery is needed.
Halyus rigidus - A degenerative and dystrophic disease of the joints of the thumb. In this case, the surgery involves:
Prosthetic arthroplasty using biocompatible implants;
Arthrodesis - the artificial creation of a fixed joint. This treatment is highly effective and does not affect the motor activity of the foot;
Surgery of the foot in valgus deformity of the 5th finger - is aimed at the restoration of normal anatomic ratio of structures, removing excess of bone tissue, eliminating the pain and deformation. Operation is selected taking into account the individual characteristics of the disease after carrying out of additional research methods.
Deformation of a fingers
In the early stages of the disease can be eliminated is conservatively, but in advanced cases is performed the surgery.
Surgery claw-shaped and a hammer-shaped deformation of fingers consists in resection of the protruding portions and the plastic tendons. The operation aims to eliminate pain and correct deformities.
Operations at the heel pain
Heel pain, requiring surgical intervention, usually occurs when plantar fasciitis and heel spur.
Plantar fasciitis is treated in a conservative manner, but in the absence of treatment at the site of inflammation are formed a calcium salts leading to the emergence the so-called heel spurs. Pain treatment in the heel is carried out using minimally invasive surgery - endoscopic fasciotomy.
Ingrown nails are the result of improper care of the feet. Foot surgery at such pathology is aimed at removing the side of the nail, excision of the inflammatory tissue and plastic of the nail root, for prevention of recurrence of the disease.
Morton's Neuroma - a benign neoplasm from a nerve tissue of the foot. Surgery of the neuroma consists in removing of neoplasm through a small incision with the use of modern methods of treatment - arthroscopy.
For the successful outcome of the operation, Podiatric Surgery requires diagnostic examination before surgery that will help evaluate the state of your health (blood tests, urine tests, ECG, MRI, X-rays, blood flow studies, biomechanical expertise).
The specifics of post-operative care depends on the type of surgery. Patients have to follow the strict rules in the recovery period. It is forbidden to engage in sports and is actively moving. Important as often as possible to visit a doctor - a surgeon.
Contact your Podiatric surgeon if you experience any unexpected or unusual pain, discoloration, oozing, or bleeding.