Common Types of Foot Surgery
There are a number of reasons why you may need foot surgery including severe bunions, problems with arthritis, foot injury, or tendon disorders. Dr. Esther Sue Barnes is a podiatrist at Step Ahead Foot and Ankle Clinic in Kalispell, MT. She specializes in foot surgery.
Types of Foot Surgery
Dr. Barnes provides Kalispell residents with the specialist podiatric treatment they need. Common types of foot surgery include:
- Bunions surgery: Bunions are swellings at the base of the big toe joint that affect mainly women, possibly because of wearing narrow shoes or high heels. As the bunion grows, the big toe starts to turn inwards and may eventually overlap the second toe. This surgery is a simple procedure designed to straighten the big toe.
- Metatarsal surgery: The metatarsals are five long bones between the foot’s tarsal bones and the toes’ phalanges. If they become arthritic this can cause inflammation and the joints may become dislocated. This causes pain when walking and often requires surgery.
- Plantar fasciitis surgery: The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel. Plantar fasciitis is the condition where the tissue is overstretched can cause heel pain. Surgery is not often needed for this condition, but it can be helpful in severe cases, to release the plantar fascia from the heel bone.
- Achilles tendon surgery: The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the calf. If it becomes ruptured due to an injury or wear and tear, you may need surgery to repair the tissue.
- Morton’s neuroma surgery: This condition affects the nerves around the base of the toes. It causes a burning sensation around the balls of the feet and tingling or numb toes. Surgery involves removing the affected nerve.
If you live in Kalispell and you need foot surgery, contact Dr. Barnes on 406-755-2818 to schedule a consultation.