Michael J. Cornelison, DPM, FACFAS
10353 Torre Avenue, Suite C
Cupertino, California 95014
Call us for an appointment: (408) 446-5811

Getting Ready for Flatfoot Surgery

Flatfoot refers to the condition where the arch of a person's foot gets flattened. People suffering from this condition often face difficulty with daily activities and complain of ankle pain. Usually, non-operative treatments, which include immobilization, rest, wearing of braces and/or shoe inserts, as well as use of physical therapy are performed to treat the condition. When these treatments are unsuccessful, surgical procedures can be considered to reconstruct the flatfoot.

Knowing a bit about the procedure will help one prepare for it without any inhibition or worry. The first thing to note is that the primary goal of flatfoot surgery is to lessen pain and restore normal function. Though such a surgery is likely to improve the foot's cosmetic appearance, it can't be considered the primary goal of the treatment.

Depending on the severity of the patient's condition, specific surgery techniques are chosen. Foot doctors of Cupertino Podiatry Inc say that patients with outward rotation of the foot may be advised a lateral column lengthening process. A medializing calcaneal osteotomy can be used for those who have their heel bone (calcaneus) shifted out from under their legs.

First tarsal-metatarsal joint fusion or a dorsal opening wedge osteotomy of the first cuneiform bone can be planned where an arch collapse makes the side of the big toe raised above the ground.

A surgeon may decide to opt for tendon and ligament procedures if s/he wants to get these structures repaired, especially where they have been damaged significantly. Some severe cases of flatfoot may need double or triple arthrodesis where fusion of one or more foot joints is performed.

The patient's doctor will perform the requisite pre-operative tests and other lab work and tell him about the procedure that he will have to undergo. Experienced podiatrists advise patients not to take NSAIDs and aspirin one week before surgery. Drinking or eating anything after midnight on the night prior to surgery should also be avoided. It's prudent to ask friends or family members to appoint someone who will drive the patient home from the hospital.

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The doctors of Cupertino Podiatry Inc can help one know more about flatfoot surgery and details about how to prepare for it, both physically and mentally. If you or a loved one of yours is about to have this surgery, you can schedule a consultation with these foot doctors by dialing 408-446-5811. You may also reach the doctors via www.cupertinopodiatrist.com. To educate yourself about some foot pain relief products, you can take a tour of www.footpainreliefproducts.com.