FLAT FOOT RECONSTRUCTION
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What Is Flat Foot Reconstruction?
Flat foot reconstruction, also known as flatfoot corrective surgery, is a surgical procedure performed to address structural issues and restore the arch in a person’s foot with flatfoot deformity. Flatfoot, also known as pes planus, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground when standing or walking.
Flatfoot reconstruction is typically considered when conservative treatments, such as orthotics, physical therapy, and activity modification, have not provided adequate relief from symptoms and functional limitations. The surgical procedure aims to correct the alignment of the bones, tendons, and ligaments in the foot to restore proper arch support and improve foot function.
The specific surgical techniques used in flat foot reconstruction may vary based on the individual’s unique foot anatomy and the severity of the deformity. However, the procedure generally involves the following steps:
- Incision: The surgeon makes one or more incisions in the foot to access the affected structures.
- Tendon and ligament repair or transfer: The surgeon may lengthen or repair the damaged tendons and ligaments that support the arch to provide better support and alignment. In some cases, tendon transfers may be performed to reinforce the arch.
- Bone realignment: The surgeon may perform osteotomies, which involve cutting and repositioning bones to restore the arch’s height and correct misalignments.
- Fusion: In certain severe cases, joint fusion may be necessary to stabilize and realign specific joints in the foot.
- Implant placement: In some cases, the surgeon may use implants or screws to hold the bones in the corrected position during the healing process.
- Closure: After the necessary corrections are made, the incisions are closed with sutures, and the foot is bandaged.
Recovery from flat foot reconstruction typically involves a period of immobilization with the use of a cast or a specialized boot. The patient will gradually transition to weight-bearing activities under the guidance of a physical therapist. Post-operative rehabilitation is crucial for restoring strength, flexibility, and function in the foot.
As with any surgical procedure, flat foot reconstruction carries some risks, including infection, blood clots, and potential complications associated with bone healing. The decision to undergo flat foot reconstruction should be made after a thorough evaluation and discussion with an orthopedic surgeon, who will assess the patient’s specific condition, medical history, and overall health to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.