A foot doctor, also called a podiatrist, may perform surgeries to treat problems with the feet or ankles. You’d be surprised how many conditions affect the feet that may require surgery. If something is wrong with a tendon in the foot, a foot doctor can fix it. Or maybe there is a problem with a nerve in the foot that leads to severe pain – podiatric surgery may be able to correct that as well.
Specifically, this specialty uses surgery to treat conditions affecting the feet, including:
- Arthritis in the foot or ankle
- Tendon ruptures or other injuries
- Hammer toe
- Nerve pain
- Heel spurs
- Flat feet
- Loss of function or mobility in the foot
Our team of podiatric surgeons, including Dr. Steven P. Brancheau, D.P.M., performs surgeries to help people gain back the pain-free use of their feet and ankles. No matter which type of surgery is taking place – whether it’s an invasive, inpatient procedure or an outpatient, minimally invasive surgery, Hunt Regional surgeons perform the procedures with the upmost care. They work side-by-side with our anesthesiologists who have specialized training in the latest techniques for ambulatory and minor surgery, pediatric anesthesia, and post-operative pain management.
The types of podiatric surgery performed at our Greenville, TX hospital include the following:
Foot and ankle surgery
This can include a variety of surgeries, such as fusions (which treat arthritic problems in the feet) or tendon surgery (to correct an injury in the tendon, such as a rupture) and more. If a person injures their foot or ankle, these surgeries may be used to help treat and correct the problem.
Triple nerve release
Nerve pain in the foot or ankle can disrupt mobility and make getting through the day nearly impossible. This type of pain can be excruciating, but triple nerve release surgeries can fix it. Podiatrists frequently perform these types of surgeries to treat trigeminal nerve pain and give patients back a pain-free lifestyle.
Toe joint and bunion surgery
Bunions are fairly common foot problems. They involve painful swelling that develops on the joint of the big toe and can make walking and wearing shoes difficult. Depending on the size and location of the problem, bunion surgery can vary in invasiveness and recovery needed.
Club foot repair
Feet deformities that prevent proper walking or standing can be debilitating for the person living with them. Club foot repair surgeries help to correct the deformity and make it possible to use the foot in a normal, pain-free way.
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
This procedure is used to treat plantar fasciitis (a stabbing pain felt in the bottom of the foot) and heel spur syndrome (small growths on the back or bottom of the heel of the foot.) The surgery is designed to release the plantar fascia, which can cause the pain felt from both conditions.
Flat foot repair
When a person has a flat foot, the arches in their feet are not very pronounced. This can lead to pain, especially when walking or standing. Flat feet can be corrected through surgery by repairing and ligaments and tendons that have weakened to allow for the flat arches.
No matter what foot or ankle problem you’re dealing with and which treatment procedure you’re expecting, remember that Hunt Regional Medical Center is here for you every step of the way. We know how anxious or nervous you might feel before your podiatric surgery, and we’ll do everything we can to make your procedure as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Learn more about the other types of surgeries performed at Hunt Regional Medical Center today, or contact us with any questions you may have about your upcoming podiatric surgery.