Did you know that 30% of people have flatfeet? Most of the time, conservative methods of care can relieve pain and other complications caused by flatfeet, but sometimes, surgery is necessary. At Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry in Fort Greene, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, and Bedford Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, New York, Bryan Makower, DPM, and Loretta Cacace, DPM offer a number of orthopedic surgeries to treat flat feet. Request your consultation today by calling or clicking.
Millions of people have flat feet or fallen arches. In the majority of cases, conservative measures of treatment like rest and immobilization, custom orthotics, and physical therapy provide significant relief.
However, if your flat feet are the result of a soft tissue injury or bone deformity, surgical intervention may be necessary to treat the problem and restore the structural integrity of your foot.
At Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry, the team offers five different types of flat feet surgery, including:
Your doctor might recommend a medializing calcaneal osteotomy if your heel bone shifts out from underneath your leg. During this type of surgery, your Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry provider uses a series of metal screws or a plate to hold your heel in place. Full recovery takes between 6-12 months and involves wearing a non-weight-bearing cast or boot.
A lateral column lengthening is typically performed in coordination with a medializing calcaneal osteotomy. During this procedure, your provider takes a bone graft from your hip and uses it to surgically extend your heel bone. After surgery, you’re required to wear a cast for between 10-16 weeks.
During a dorsal wedge osteotomy, your Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry provider places a wedge on top of your medial cuneiform bone and pushes it downward. This process restores a level of arch support to your foot.
If arthritis caused your flatfeet, your Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry provider might recommend double or triple arthrodesis. During this type of operation, your provider fuses two or more joints together. Ultimately, this improves balance and stability, while preventing pain.
If your symptoms of flatfeet are mild, your provider might recommend a minimally invasive titanium stent. During this operation, your provider inserts a small titanium stent between your ankle and heel bone, which helps properly align your foot.
The only way to determine if you’re a candidate for flatfoot surgery is to schedule an appointment at Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, the team can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
If flatfeet are negatively affecting your quality of life, call or use the online booking tool and make an appointment today.