This website is intended to give patients information regarding Podiatric Surgery.
What is Podiatric Surgery?
Podiatric Surgery is a specialist field of practice within the podiatry profession. Podiatric Surgeons are Podiatrists who have undergone extensive postgraduate training in the surgical management of foot and ankle problems. A Podiatric Surgeon is to feet very much like a dentist is to teeth; an independent clinician in the field of foot surgery and not a medical doctor.
Foot problems can be very painful. If your symptoms are mild, medication may be enough to reduce your pain. Insoles or shoe modifications may be useful for some patients. When symptoms persist and normal ambulation is no longer possible, surgery may be necessary.
Surgery is not the answer to all foot problems. However, corrective surgical procedures can provide a solution to many long term problems that would otherwise only be treatable by chronic conservative measures.
Surgery should primarily be carried out for the relief of intractable pain or deformity; cosmesis alone is not sufficient indication for invasive surgery. Surgery is the treatment of choice when other non-surgical methods of treatment have been tried and have been unsuccessful or are not sufficiently helpful.
How surgery can help:
- The pain should have been reduced or may have stopped completely
- The foot may be straighter and should function better
- You should feel more comfortable when wearing shoes
Most commonly performed procedures:
- Verrucae, corn and skin surgery
- Nail surgery
- Cyst and ganglion excision
- Morton’s neuroma surgery
- Sub ungual exostectomies
- Lesser toe correction
- Metatarsal surgery for plantar corns
- Surgery for hallux limitus
- Surgery for hallux valgus
- Haglund’s deformity
- Plantar fasciitis
Despite practicing surgery, I will advise you of the non-surgical treatments available for your foot problem. This will help you to make a fully informed decision regarding your treatment so that we can agree a care plan together.
Podiatrists are regulated by an independent body called The Health and Care Professions Council, who set standards for registrants education and training, professional skills and behaviour. Podiatric Surgeons are also members of The College of Podiatry, which is responsible for overseeing our surgical training programme.
Podiatric Surgery is a proven and effective part of foot health care, with thousands of foot operations undertaken in the UK by Podiatric Surgeons every year. Information is collected for audit purposes in order to review performance, show evidence of practice and assess patient outcomes and experiences.