Consider flat foot reconstruction if you have flat feet that cause you pain or mobility problems. At Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeons Pedro E. Cosculluela, MD and Andrew M. Ebert, MD, offer complete care for flat feet, including flat foot reconstruction surgery. Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert can improve your foot posture and help you return to your favorite activities. Call the nearest office to request a flat foot reconstruction consultation today, or make an appointment online.
Flat foot reconstruction is a type of orthopedic surgery used to treat flat feet.
Everyone is born with flat feet, but most people develop arches by early childhood. Sometimes the foot arches never form. While this typically isn’t a problem, for some people, it results in foot pain and other issues. In adults, a flat foot can result from failure of a tendon behind the ankle, the posterior tibial tendon.
During flat foot reconstruction, your doctor uses surgical tools to repair or reshape the ligaments, tendons, and bones in your arches. The process provides additional support and lasting pain relief.
You might be a candidate for flat foot reconstruction if you:
Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert also use flat foot surgery to help people return to their favorite activities, like exercise.
There are several types of flatfoot reconstruction surgery. Depending on your bone structure and body type, your doctor might recommend:
Sometimes flat feet occur due to soft tissue imbalances. During a tendon transfer, your doctor takes a healthy tendon from another part of your body and strategically places it near the affected arch.
Most flat foot reconstructions require an osteotomy, a cut in the bone, to allow the surgeon to realign the arch. They use special surgical tools to cut or remove excess bone and slide them into different locations.
If the deformity is not manually correctable or if the joints are arthritic, your doctor may recommend fusion surgery. Fusion uses pins or screws to hold your bones together. The bones then fuse together restoring the arch alignment and minimizing stress on the neighboring joints.
The type of flat foot reconstruction that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including age, the severity of your flatfeet, and their effect on your quality of life. After a comprehensive exam and diagnostic imaging, your doctor makes personalized surgery recommendations.
Call the nearest Austin Foot & Ankle Institute office to learn more about flat foot reconstruction today, or make an appointment online.