“Flat foot surgery”
Calceaneal osteotomy - realignment of the heel bone
Tendon transfer - to try and improve function
Arthrodesis - fusion of joints to reduce pain
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Your podiatrist or surgeon should have offered all or some of the following things before surgery is considered:
- Alteration of footwear – more supportive footwear choices.
- Change in activity level (periods of rest)
- Orthoses to make the foot more comfortable and support it.
- Use of medication to reduce pain levels
- Padding or strapping techniques
- Steroid injection and shockwave therapy if appropriate.
The aim of surgery is to help improve the foot alignment and function and try to reduce pain where conservative measures have failed.
Flat foot surgery may include many different techniques which will be very individual to your specific case.
Your surgeon will need to take several images (these may be xray, MRI orCT scans)
This surgery is generally done under a local anaesthetic but your surgeon may offer sedation aswell or general anaesthesia if they feel this is best.
Of course with all surgery there are risks. The most common risks we may see with surgery of this type is:
- Post operative infection
- Delayed healing
- Nerve damage
- Non-resolution of symptoms or deformity
- Pain from scar tissue
- Weakness / impaired function