In most cases, invasive methods are not necessary to correct many foot disorders. Though in more extreme conditions, surgery may be required. The need for surgery will depend on the severity of the condition, the amount of pain the patient is experiencing, and the patient’s past response to various treatments.
The most common conditions which may require surgery are:
- Hammer Toe: deformity of the lesser toes caused by a tendon or joint imbalance
- Bunions: hallux valgus is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe, becoming inflamed and painful
- Tibial posterior disorder: the tibial posterior is a muscle which makes up the shape of the arch of the foot. In the case of a damaged or collapsed arch, this will need to be rebuilt surgically
- Achilles tendon injuries: may require a lengthening process according to the severity
- Ankle arthritis: damage can result in osteophytes or lumps around the edge of the joints which cause pain and inflammation
- Ankle replacement surgery: reconstructive surgery replacing the ankle joint after a severe injury
Surgery will only be considered once all other treatment methods have been unsuccessful. Some other treatment methods include medications, exercise, foot care, modified shoes or orthotics.
Talk to your doctor today if your pain and discomfort continue after attempting non-invasive means of treatment to discuss surgery and see if it might be right for you.