You may have a condition in which your feet have a low arch or no arch at all, with one if not both of your feet completely flat to the ground.
Without an arch or a higher arch, there is a lack of spring in your steps, with the result that your body weight may not be distributed evenly across your feet and legs. Because your arch determines the way you walk, your feet may roll to the inner side or cause the feet to point outward.
The arches can also collapse, or there may be chronic pain in your feet and legs. Flat foot surgery aims to correct this issue. This procedure reconstructs the foot’s ligaments and tendons to restore the arch and provide support. Any bone deformities can also be addressed during this surgery.
Improving the ability to stand, walk, and participate in other activities are some of the main benefits of flat foot surgery. It can also ease chronic pain associated with flat feet, which is important if you need to stand for long periods every day.
In addition, pain and/or swelling can be reduced inside the ankle, on the calf, knees, lower legs, lower back, and hips, as well as ease stiffness in the feet. And if you’ve found one of your shoes wearing out more quickly than the other due to your weight being unevenly distributed, flat foot surgery can correct this issue as well.
If you have a low arch or no arch, you may be living pain-free without any difficulty with your daily activities.
However, if you do experience chronic pain or trouble standing or walking, you may want to consider flat foot surgery. To find out if this is the best option for you, you will need to come to Gotham Footcare for a consultation to establish eligibility. Call or email to set up your appointment.
This outpatient procedure will take about 2 hours, though it can go longer. You will be placed under general anesthesia or sedation. The operation itself is a combination of several procedures to repair the tendons and ligaments that support your arch, as well as reshape the bone.
Depending on the severity of the condition, you may also need further procedures to repair tendons and/or cartilage connecting to your ankles, such as the Achilles heel. Before surgery, your doctor will walk through the specific steps that need to be done for your particular foot condition.Consultation
You will be able to return home the same day as your operation. Your foot will be placed in a cast that you will wear from 4-6 weeks.
This is to immobilize your foot so that it has time to heal, as well as incentivize you to stay off your feet as much as possible, although you will be provided with crutches to help you out. Your pain levels will be controlled immediately after surgery and will diminish completely over the next few days following your procedure allowing you to walk short distances with the use of crutches. After another month, you will start some physical therapy exercises to help your foot regain its full function again.
There may be some swelling in your feet that can last anywhere from 6 months to a year, although the swelling is fairly minor after 6 months.
As you recover, you will notice there will be better weight distribution when you walk and less pain. Your feet will also gain strength and flexibility, and you should be able to return to your various activities between 6 months to a year after surgery.
While having flat feet may not affect your life in any negative way, it is also possible that you are experiencing chronic pain and an impaired ability for regular daily activities.
If you are interested in easing your pain and correcting other issues with your flat feet, then you will need to come in for a consultation with one of the surgeons at Gotham Footcare. This will allow them to examine your feet and recommend a plan of action for flat foot surgery. Don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email for a consultation.
Many people have flat feet, but no symptoms from it. However, if you have swelling in your ankles and pain in your feet and legs when you're standing, walking, or running, you may want to consider flat foot surgery. In addition, you may have numbness or tingling sensations in your foot on the inside of the ankle, indicating there may be damage to the nerves there.
During the actual surgery, you will be sedated. Afterward, the doctor will give you a shot to manage pain directly after. Once that has worn off, you will take prescription painkillers to manage the pain as the foot begins to heal. You will need to elevate your leg as much as possible for the first 2 weeks following your surgery.
Flat foot surgery may be medically necessary, and if so, your insurance provider will cover part or all of the cost. If you do not have health insurance, you can ask about financing or payment options during your consultation if needed.
At Gotham Footcare in NYC, we strive at recognizing your individual needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan with the highest quality care available.
What sets Gotham Footcare apart from other podiatry offices is our dedication to providing you with the education you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your care. Regardless of what your foot and ankle trouble may be, at Gotham Footcare our team will work tirelessly to help you feel better. At Gotham Footcare, we help you put your best foot forward.