Reconstructive Foot Surgery
Reconstructive podiatric surgery is typically performed with the intention of restoring functionality to the foot and not for cosmetic purposes. This can include surgeries to remove bunions or hammertoe, which can cause excessive pain and a lack of proper functioning in the foot. Other reconstructive surgeries are used to correct the impact of fashionable but unsupportive and damaging footwear. Arthritis is another condition which leads to deformities in the foot which could require consultation with a podiatrist regarding the possibility of surgical correction.
Parts of Reconstructive
Foot Surgery In working to restore the foot, there are several parts that may be affected and treated by surgery. Reconstructive surgery can include tissue reconstruction, function restoration, and cosmetic rehabilitation, each of which serve their own purposes.
Etiology The reason behind the need for reconstructive surgery is diagnosed by a practicing podiatrist, and can be determined to fall into one of six predetermined categories of ailment or deformity. Traumas occur in work environments or car accidents in many circumstances and can result in mild to severe problems with the feet. For example, a dancer may experience a mild but recurring trauma to the foot. Traumas can affect soft tissue, result in tissue loss, or even involve bruising and other damage to the bone, such as breaks and shattering in a car accident.
Tumors are dangers to the foot, as with any part of the body. Foot tumors are rare, with the most common types found being melanomas, epitheliomas, and sarcomas of the bone or soft tissue. Clubfoot, spina bifida, and other malformations also sometimes require reconstructive surgery of the foot. Such skeletal and neurological alterations can sometimes be corrected with the help of a qualified podiatrist or foot and ankle surgeon.
Perhaps the most common cause of foot destruction that could result in recommendations for reconstructive surgery is infection. Ulcers are often a secondary symptom related to trauma, vascular problems, and diabetes. Such pathologies lead to a lack of circulation and sufficient oxygenation to the foot, which results in the need for corrective action.
Determining the Possibility for Reconstructive Surgery The overall condition of the foot in question weighs heavily in the decision of whether to perform reconstructive surgery. Our podiatrists will consider the condition of the tissue surrounding the injury or deformity for health, the skeletal and muscular integrity, and other factors that affect recovery. If you believe you may need to consider this surgery for a condition or injury, contact our podiatry offices in Dallas, Mesquite, Plano, Frisco, or Allen today for a consultation.