Types of Foot Surgery
You will meet with the surgeon for an initial consultation. During this consultation the surgeon will confirm your condition, discuss surgical options and how the correction is undertaken, plus rehabilitation, post-surgical recovery requirements and the risks and benefits of the surgery. In some cases we may need to request X-rays before proceeding with surgery.
We offer a range of up-to-date evidence-based, surgical techniques for the correction of bunions (hallux valgus). Our aim is to get you back to everyday activities as soon as possible. Using modern local anaesthetic techniques, we make the surgery as safe and painless as possible.
We offer surgical correction of all types of toe deformities, including hammertoes, mallet toes, clawed toes, retracted toes, twisted toes (clinodactyly), short (brachydactyly) and long toes (Morton’s toe) and joined toes (syndactyly). Many of these can be easily and safely corrected as day-case procedures under a local anesthetic with minimum time off work for recovery.
In the clinic we provide pain reduction with aesthetic and cosmetic foot surgery results, which we believe has been missing in surgical foot operations.
Flat Foot Surgery
For painful flatfoot where foot orthotics (insoles) have been unsuccessful, corrective surgery can be performed. In our clinic we offer the minimal incision flatfoot surgery technique using the Hypocure sinus tarsi implant. This removes the need for painful, major open bone and joint surgery traditionally used to correct this condition. The surgery can also be safely undertaken under a local anaesthetic and is fully reversible.
In some cases you will require additional procedures which your consultant will discuss with you.
The procedures involve safely removing bone from the toe (or toes) to effect the desired shortening. Normally an external kirschner wire or alternatively an internal implant (e.g. Nextra or ToeGrip) is inserted inside the toe. We aim to achieve the classic “staircase” stepdown to the toes; making shoe-fitting much easier. Further x-rays or scans maybe required.
Foot Narrowing Surgery
Foot narrowing or Cinderella surgery can be undertaken on patients with abnormally wide feet. This is often caused by bunions on one or both sides of the foot (hallux valgus and Tailor’s bunion deformity). This is often combined with toe-shortening, or correction of associated toe-deformities such as hammertoes. Most of our techniques can be safely undertaken under a local anaesthetic as a day-case surgery.
X-rays will be required to establish the amount of narrowing that can be safely achieved and not all patients will be able to have the surgery.
Lumps and Bumps Surgery
Ganglions, lipomas and cysts can be unsightly, embarrassing, and painful. Most are easy to remove safely under a local anaesthetic, improving both the appearance and feel of the foot.
X-rays or scans may be required in addition.
Ingrown Toenail Removal
Ingrowing toenails can be a major source of pain and infection in patients of all ages. We offer safe removal of ingrown toe nails using partial resection of the nail with chemical ablation or surgical removal (nail wedge resection), the surgery is normally undertaken as a day-case procedure under local anaesthetic and takes under 10-minutes to perform. You may require one or two days off work afterwards.
Most of our patients have tried a range of treatments for their corns, including acid treatment, corn pads and plasters, chiropody treatment and creams, with little to no success. Many patients don’t realise that the unsightly rub lesions over toe knuckles can most often be permanently removed with modern surgical techniques. Corns, callus and bursitis can all be safely treated by “corn removal surgery”, which normally takes under 10 minutes per toe, usually under a local anaesthetic.