Some patients come to us when they’re given up hope of treating their foot problems. Many have been using shoe inserts for most of their lives, but the orthotics just aren’t enough to prevent pain and stiffness—and some have suffered severe foot deformities as the problem progressed over the years.
When conservative treatments aren’t working, podiatrist Melissa Wawrzynek can help you choose a surgical option that may be able to permanently correct the problem and relieve your pain for good.
What Kinds of Foot Problems Require Surgery?
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, we perform surgical correction for a number of foot, toe, and ankle conditions, including:
- Bunions. Wearing pointed or tight shoes can cause a patient to develop bunions. These bony bumps commonly form on the side of the big toe joint, displacing the toe bones and changing the structure of the foot over time. While there are many ways to perform bunion surgery, the goal is usually to remove the bunion and place the toes back in their correct positions.
- Hammertoes. If feet are forced into shoes with toe boxes that are too short, the longest toes may begin to permanently curl. This condition, called a hammertoe, will often result in sores on the tops of the toes as they rub against the shoe. Over time, the toes may become rigid and fixed in the “clenched” position, affecting balance and causing noticeable foot deformity. Surgery may be necessary to release the tension on the tendons, straighten the toes and allowing them to relax into normal position.
- Ingrown toenails. Repetitive stress or pressure on the toes can result in an ingrown toenail, a painful condition where the sides of the nail begin to burrow into the skin of the toe. Podiatrists may attempt to relieve the pressure by “lifting” the nail and placing a small piece of cotton between the toenail and nail bed, allowing the nail to grow normally. However, if the toenail cannot be repositioned, patients may need minor surgery to remove part or all of the toenail.
- Ruptured tendons. Sprained ankles, Achilles tendonitis, and other soft-tissue injuries in the feet can cause instability in the ankle joint. This is because the tendons, flexible connective tissues that bind muscles and bones together, can stretch or become torn due to injury. Mobility can be restored with tendon surgery, either by repairing a ruptured tendon, shortening an overstretched tendon, or grafting a tendon from another part of the body into the ankle joint.
We Can Tell You If Surgery Is (or Is NOT) Necessary
We always attempt non-surgical treatments first to avoid longer recoveries and unnecessary pain. If you do need surgery, we perform many of our procedures on-site, and partner with local hospitals to provide you with the most comfortable and effective surgical environment for your condition. Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, today at (610) 822-3900 or fill out our quick online contact form to make an appointment.