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Surgery May Be Necessary for People Who Have Flat Feet

Research has shown the foot condition that is known as flat feet affects approximately one quarter of people worldwide. The medical term for this ailment is referred to as pes planus, and it is noticeable as the foot lies flat on the floor while standing. Many people are affected by this foot condition, and it may cause difficulty in walking. Additionally, there are people who can accomplish daily activities without having pain, and it does not affect their lives. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops by the teenage years. Adults who continue to have flat feet may consider having reconstruction surgery performed, and this can be effective in strengthening the arch. The ligaments, tendons and bone structure may be negatively affected in people who have flat feet, and surgery may be successful in repairing this part of the foot. If you have this foot condition, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward options that can provide relief. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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