There are many different conditions that can inflict pain and damage to the forefoot. These injuries and conditions do not always respond to conservative methods of treatment such as rest, stretching, orthotics or casting. Sometimes these advanced foot issues require surgery for treatment. Each type of injury or condition requires a surgery specific to its type and cause. Here are some of the most common forefoot problems and some basic information about the surgeries that could accompany them.
Hammertoes – hammertoes look like scrunched back and angled toes. They get their namesake due to the appearance of having been hit with a hammer. The toes begin to buckle and pain radiates through the toes and the feet of the patient. This condition can make it very hard to wear shoes or stay mobile. Through surgery, a podiatrist can realign the toes to help relieve pain and allow for proper foot wear.
Bunions – this common foot malformation causes an amplification of the bone and its surrounding tissue on the joint of the big toe. It is most commonly seen on the outer side of the big toe. Genetics is known to play a key role in the cause of this disorder. If conventional methods fail, a podiatrist will take an x-ray of your foot and decide if surgery is the best option to help relieve the pain of your bunion.
Bone Spurs– a bone spur is an overgrowth of bone due to trauma or pressure. It can restrict the motion of a joint and cause extreme pain. Spurs can occasionally be found under the toenail plate. This can cause nail deformity or complete detachment from the nail bed. Surgical treatment is based on the size and the location of the spur. Your podiatrist or foot surgeon will recommend the best course of action for your specific spur.
Neuroma– irritated nerves can cause a neuroma which is the enlargement of a section of a nerve. These characteristically occur between the third and fourth toe. They are known to swell and cause a lot of pain when a patient tries to stand and apply weight on the affected foot. Surgery can be performed to numb the nerve and provide relief from pain.
Don’t have a podiatrist or foot surgeon? Have a condition listed above? It’s time to act now! Dr. Lawrence J. Kales of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area of Florida can help answer all of your foot surgery questions. After a thorough examination, Dr. Kales will determine whether or not surgery is right for you. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. We care about your feet.