Foot Reconstruction Surgery Gets Patients Walking Again
Many people don’t know what foot reconstruction surgery is, or all the conditions it can repair. Reconstructive foot surgery can correct birth defects, diseases and other foot ailments that can greatly improve a patient’s medical and aesthetic needs. Alleviating pain and restoring function are the primary objectives of any reconstructive surgery.
The foot is a complicated part of the anatomy, consisting of numerous bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons that hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways. Foot problems can arise from medical issues, sports injuries, ill-fitting shoes, or simply the pressure of walking an average of 5,000 steps per day.
Types Of Reconstructive Foot Surgery
There are multiple types of foot reconstruction surgery. Below are some of the most common:
Metatarsal Surgery: The metatarsal bones are the long bones in the middle of the foot. The fifth metatarsal is the last bone in the outside of the foot and is susceptible to different types of fractures which can be repaired by metatarsal surgery. A procedure called a lesser metatarsal osteotomy is performed to correct a bunionette, a bony bump on the outer side of the foot at the base of the fifth toe.
Bunion Surgery: Bunions are bumps on the outside of the big toe that cause it to lean towards the second toe, rather than point straight ahead. A bunionectomy can bring the toe back to its correct position by aligning the bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
Hammer Toe Surgery: A hammer toe is a deformity that can cause any toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. An arthroplasty restores joint flexibility by removing the deformed joint between the toes.
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery: Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis surgery cuts part of the plantar fascia ligament to release the tension.
Foot reconstruction surgery can be a life-changing procedure. However, before considering surgery, it is suggested that most patients try more conservative solutions, such as changes in footwear, padding, activity modifications, medications, icing, injections or orthotic devices. If these methods fail to resolve pain and keep patients from walking, running or playing sports without pain, surgery might be considered the best option.
Post-surgery care may require everything from a walking boot, knee walker, splint or cast, to crutches or a walker. The medical equipment required would depend on several factors such as the complexity of the foot reconstruction surgery and where the damage is located. Working one-on-one with OCC’s highly trained physical therapists can often help speed recovery and improve mobility.
In most cases, patients can be back to normal activity levels in six weeks if they adhere to their surgeon’s instructions. However, some procedures would require more time. No matter how difficult total immobility can be, it is imperative that patients give their foot the appropriate time to heal in order to avoid re-injuring the area.
OCC Foot Doctors
The foot experts at OCC have extensive experience in treating all foot conditions and are at the forefront of new advancements in foot reconstruction surgery. Unlike podiatrists, they are Doctors of Medicine, orthopedic surgeons, and many are certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Patients benefit not only from the latest technological advancements and procedures, but from a multidisciplinary approach to delivering world-class compassionate care, from diagnosis through rehabilitation. At OCC our goal is simple: to be your first and foremost choice for foot reconstruction surgery. Our offices are conveniently located across the front range and it’s easy to make an appointment. Find the provider that fits your needs and contact us today.