Foot and Ankle Surgery

Foot and ankle surgeryThe experienced medical team at Southwest Foot and Ankle strive to provide non-invasive treatments for foot disorders whenever possible. Sometimes, however, foot problems do not respond to “conservative” management. A comprehensive exam, medical history and diagnostic testing by Dr. Reza Mobarak, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA will determine when surgical intervention may be helpful.

As a board certified foot surgeon, trained in specialties such as diabetic wound care and limb salvage, Dr. Mobarak is able to explain why surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot.

Types of Foot Surgery

Fusions: Fusions are usually performed to treat arthritic conditions of the foot and ankle. A fusion involves removing all cartilage from a joint and then joining two or more bones together so that they do not move. Fusions can be done with screws, plates or pins or a combination of these.

Tendon Surgery: Surgery on the tendons can be performed for acute injuries such as ruptures but is also commonly done to lengthen or shorten the tendon, depending on the problem. In some cases, tendons may be re-routed to improve foot and ankle function.

Metatarsal Surgery: Surgery on the lesser metatarsals is performed for a variety of reasons but is commonly done to redistribute the weight bearing on the ball of the foot. In some severe cases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, surgery may involve removing the metatarsal heads (the bones in the ball of the foot area).

Bunion Surgery: There are many different types of bunion surgery depending on the severity of the bunion and the joint involvement. Dr. Mobarak can explain the bunionectomy procedure that is most appropriate for your bunion. Depending on the surgery necessary, the recovery time can be very different—particularly if you need to be on crutches after the surgery or in a cast.

Hammer Toe Surgery: Hammer toe surgery may involve removing a portion of the toe bone to realign the toe or could involve fusing the toe joint (see Fusions, above). In some cases, it may involve placing an implant in the toe to maintain realignment.

Neuroma Surgery: Neuroma surgery involves removing a benign enlargement of a nerve, usually between the metatarsal heads in the ball of the foot. This soft tissue surgery tends to have a shorter recovery time than bone procedures, but it leaves some residual numbness related to the removal of the piece of nerve tissue.

Heel Surgery: Based on the condition and the chronic nature of the disease, heel surgery can provide relief of pain and restore mobility in many cases. The type of procedure is based on examination and usually consists of plantar fascia release, with or without heel spur excision. There have been various modifications and surgical enhancements regarding surgery of the heel.

Schedule an Exam

For further details about foot surgery, as well as preoperative testing and postoperative care, contact our podiatry and foot surgery center online. To set an appointment by phone, call our clinic in Lewisville at 972-318-2738, in Plano at 972-805-9985 or 972-318-2655 in Irving.