Adult-acquired flatfoot is one of the most common foot and ankle conditions in older men and women, sometimes requiring flatfoot reconstruction surgery. At OrthoWellness in Boca Raton, Florida, Mirylsa Colón-Martínez, MD, FAAOS, is one of the most accomplished orthopedic surgeons and foot and ankle specialists in the area. If necessary, Dr. Colón-Martínez expertly reconstructs your foot so you can get relief from this debilitating condition and its painful symptoms. If you have ankle and foot pain, call the office to schedule an appointment, book one online, or stop in. Hablamos Espanol.
Flat Foot Reconstruction Q & A
What is flatfoot reconstruction?
Adult flatfoot is a condition that causes the arches in your feet to flatten. It often causes ankle pain and difficulty walking or participating in daily activities. You may experience flatfoot as a result of a deformity, damage to the tendon that supports your foot arch, or arthritis in your heel joint.
Flatfoot reconstruction restores mobility and relieves pain by improving the alignment in your foot. When your foot is properly aligned, it can alleviate ankle pain and improve your ability to walk. Flatfoot reconstruction is often a combination of procedures that repair ligaments, tendons, and the bones in your foot so it functions optimally.
When would I need flatfoot reconstruction?
If you’ve suffered from foot and ankle pain and aren’t getting relief from nonsurgical treatment methods, you may want to consider flatfoot reconstruction. As a foot and ankle specialist and one of America’s top orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Colón-Martínez expertly evaluates your foot condition before recommending surgery. She takes a holistic approach to treating your symptoms and the underlying cause of your foot pain.
Dr. Colón-Martínez may suggest any of the following nonsurgical treatments to help with your individual condition:
- Custom arch supports or foot orthotics for your shoes
- Protective pads for your foot
- Physical therapy
- Custom ankle orthotics
- Anti-inflammatory medications
It may also help to lose weight to relieve pressure on your feet, but if all these methods fail, or your flatfoot is severe, surgical reconstruction may be the best option for long-term pain relief and restored mobility.
What happens during flatfoot reconstruction surgery?
Dr. Colón-Martínez takes an individualized approach to flatfoot reconstruction based on the cause of your condition. Usually, a combination of procedures is the best way to reconstruct your arch. Dr. Colón-Martínez may need to surgically correct the soft tissue in your foot, such as tendons and ligaments, and perform procedures that correct problems with the foot and heel bones.
Depending on the severity of your flat foot, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight, or you may be able to go home the same day after a short recovery period. Your foot will be in a splint or cast after surgery, and you won’t be able to put weight on your foot for 6-8 weeks as it heals. When you’ve fully recovered, you experience less pain and better range of motion than you had before surgery.
If you’d like to explore the possibility of flatfoot reconstruction surgery with one of the country’s top-notch orthopedic surgeons, call to schedule an appointment or book one online. You can also stop by the office, as walk-ins are always welcome.