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Seeing a foot specialist is vital if you’re experiencing severe or chronic foot pain. Problems may be caused by a deformity, tendon damage or arthritis. There are many different types of foot surgery; common operations include foot reconstruction, and forefoot reconstruction to correct bunions, stiff big toe, lesser toe deformities and forefoot pain.

Metatarsalgia (forefoot pain)

Forefoot pain, or metatarsalgia, can manifest in many different ways; aching, burning, tingling or shooting pains in the toes. Many factors can cause metatarsalgia, including high-impact sports, poorly fitting footwear, being overweight, gout and various types of arthritis.

Identifying underlying causes is important in the treatment of metatarsalgia. Conservative treatments such as orthotics and pain medication may be suggested by your foot doctor, however where these fail, surgical intervention may be required. The exact combination of procedures will ultimately depend on the cause of the foot pain, for example if “stiff big toe” or a bunion is present.

Hallux rigidus (stiff big toe)

If you’re experiencing pain and stiffness in the joint of your big toe, you could be suffering from hallux rigidus. This condition is actually a form of degenerative arthritis; with time, it gets increasingly harder to bend the big toe, so must be treated by a foot specialist as soon as possible.

There are many non-surgical treatments for this condition, including shoe modifications, injections and physical therapy. However in some cases, surgery is the only way to reduce or eliminate pain. There are several types of foot surgery to treat hallux ridigus, and your podiatrist will determine which is suitable after an examination.

Forefoot reconstruction to correct bunions

Another problematic cause of metatarsalgia is bunions. Foot surgery to correct bunions generally involves a small incision around the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of bone or soft tissues. This should relieve any pain and restore the joint to a state or normal alignment. Occasionally, in severe cases, screws, wires or plates may be used to hold the bones of the foot in place – a foot doctor will advise when this is required.

Foot reconstruction surgery

For people with very low foot arches, and where orthotics have not helped, a podiatrist may recommend flat foot reconstruction surgery. This foot surgery involves three incisions being made in the foot, and the damaged tendon is removed and replaced with another, healthy tendon. In podiatry, this is known as tibialis posterior tendon reconstruction, is carried out under general anaesthetic and often does not require an overnight stay in hospital.

Whatever the cause of your foot pain, UKS Medical can arrange private medical treatment for you, quickly and with minimal fuss. In most cases we can arrange for you to be seen by a podiatrist or foot specialist within no longer than 48 hours of your initial contact with us. To find out more about foot surgery, contact UKS Medical today.