If you are one of the many people who suffer from foot problems, you may be considering foot reconstruction surgery as an option. Here's what you need to know.
What is foot reconstruction surgery?
Foot reconstruction surgery is a type of surgery that is performed to correct abnormalities in the bones, joints, or soft tissues of the foot. Foot reconstruction surgery is necessary when the foot is not able to function properly. It can be performed to correct deformities that are present at birth or develop due to injury or disease.
Are there different types of foot reconstruction surgery?
There are many different types of foot reconstruction surgery including:
- Arthrodesis. This is a procedure that involves the fusion of two bones in the foot. It is often used to treat arthritis or other conditions that cause pain in the foot because it decreases the motion of the joint.
- Osteotomy. This is a procedure that involves cutting and reshaping a bone in the foot. It is often used to treat deformities of the bones or joints in the foot from injury or disease.
- Tendon transfer. Pain or weakness in the foot that is associated with tendons can often be resolved with a tendon transfer. This is a procedure that involves moving a tendon from one location to another in the foot.
Additionally, there are several different types of soft tissue procedures that can be performed in conjunction with foot reconstruction surgery.
What is the recovery process like after foot reconstruction?
The recovery process after foot reconstruction surgery will vary depending on the type of procedure that was performed. However, all patients will need to keep their foot elevated and protected while it heals. This means that patients will need to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around for several weeks after surgery.
Are there risks associated with foot reconstruction surgery?
Foot reconstruction surgery is a safe and effective procedure. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the procedure. These risks could include:
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
It should be noted that the risks associated with foot reconstruction surgery are typically low, and most patients experience a full recovery with no complications.
How much does foot reconstruction surgery cost?
The cost of foot reconstruction surgery will vary depending on the type of procedure that is performed, as well as the location of the surgery. However, the cost of foot reconstruction surgery is typically covered all or in part by health insurance as it is typically deemed a medically necessary procedure.
Contact your podiatrist to learn more about foot reconstruction surgery and how it can help you.