Foot & Ankle Surgery
At Park Hill Hospital we specialise in the intricate muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in your feet and ankles.
Your feet and ankles are made up of an astonishing 100 muscles, 33 joints and 26 bones; creating an incredibly flexible system. This system allows us to perform a variety of complex movements from walking to running and jumping. This area of the body is used on a day to day basis and thus can succumb to a variety of problems resulting in the need for foot and ankle surgery.
Many factors can cause pain and discomfort in our feet and ankles; from injury, wear and tear or even wearing incorrectly fitted shoes.
Foot & Ankle Surgeries Available
Ankle Fusion (Ankle Arthrodesis)
A variety of non-surgical methods are available for foot and ankle pain – ranging from painkillers to physiotherapy sessions. However, if you are suffering from bad arthritis and non-surgical options are not easing your pain- a surgical procedure called ankle fusion (ankle arthrodesis) may be necessary.
This specialist procedure has been designed specifically to ease pain for conditions such as arthritis, improving function to the ankle.
The core purpose of this operation is to fuse the bones in the ankle (tibia, fibula and talus) together into one. This is achieved by securing them in place with a metal hardware- promoting the healing of the bones together.
Ankle fusion reduces movement in the ankle and hence reduces the pain and discomfort in the arthritic area.
Bunion (Hallux Valgus)
A bunion (hallux valgus) can appear as a large bony bump on the inside of your foot. If you have noticed that your large toe has begun to lean towards the second one leaving an exposed bump, a bunion is the most likely culprit.
The bunion can prove particularly painful as it makes the skin on the side of your foot increasingly sore.
The exact cause of bunions has not been formally identified. However, wearing poorly fitted shoes can sometimes exacerbate the situation.
Bunions can be treated non-surgically but if the problem persists and you are not gaining any relief from these options, surgery may be the only solution.
The surgery would involve the realignment of your big toe - reducing the lump on the inner foot.
Claw / Hammer Toes
A claw / hammer toe is when your small toe becomes deformed - normally this is caused by wearing tight fitting shoes. The toe becomes contracted and causes great discomfort and pain.
If your toe becomes increasingly worse and the condition is more severe, surgery may be required.
The toe is first x-rayed by surgeons in order to identify the severity of the deformity. If surgery is necessary the surgeon will then perform an operation to relieve the trapped tissue and length of the tendon. It has also been known for cartilage to be removed in more serious cases.
Arthritis effects joints all over the body and the toes are no exception. The most common form of arthritis being osteoarthritis. It can prove to be exceptionally painful and in order to relieve pain, surgery can be used as an option. The surgery will involve the fixing of the joint into position with pins and the damaged cartilage then removed.
Morton’s Neuroma usually presents with extreme pain on the ball of the foot and at the base of the toes. Normally found between the third and fourth toes, Morton’s Neuroma involves fibrous tissues form around the nerve in-between the toes.
In the early stages of diagnosis you may only experience slight tingling in the toes. If this condition is left untreated it can lead to sharp shooting pains and uncomfortable cramps.
The operation involves the removal of the thickened tissue around the affected nerve and in the worst case scenario the nerve is completely removed.
Here at Park Hill hospital we specialise in high class care and service, meeting the patient’s crucial requirements. We offer expertise and advice on whatever foot and ankle problem you may suffer from.
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01302 553 355