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
- Bone spurs: ( on toes) These bone spurs typically occur on the 5th toe. These are calcium deposits that can cause corns. Shaving the corns may provide short lived relief; however, there is a permanent solution. A simple surgery to remove these spurs is done in our office.
- Ingrown toenail: The sides of the toe nail can grow into the flesh usually affecting the big toe. This condition can be from cutting the nails too short, trauma to the toe nail, tight shoes, and repeated pressure on the toes during sports such as running, soccer, and ballet. This can also be genetic. This can be permanently corrected for a chronic ingrown toenail on your initial visit.
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.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (772) 337-0014.