New surgery for flat foot deformity shown to be effective
Surgery that corrects flat foot and ankle deformities
Individuals who experience extreme flat foot disorder will often try orthotics, special shoes or braces in an effort to correct their condition. While some are successful with such interventions, others still have ankles that continue to deteriorate, and fallen arches that become progressively worse.
A team of surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City have developed an operation that may provide hope for these individuals.
"Before this study, we were not sure whether you could salvage patients with flat foot and ankle deformity and correct their ankle as well as their foot deformity," said Jonathan Deland, M.D.
Flat foot disorder occurs when a ligament on the inside of the ankle causes the arches to fall. With time, the condition gets worse and the ankle can deteriorate and develop arthritis and immobility.
With the new operation, surgeons will either take a tendon from the outside of the calf - which people can function without - or the same tendon from a cadaver to replace the deteriorating ligament on the inside of the ankle.
After a 10-year follow up, patients who received the operation had fully functioning ankles, improved alignment, good mobility and an absence of arthritis.
Bunion splint after foot surgery helps healing process
This may come as good news to people who experience extreme flat foot
disorder. Oftentimes, doctors will recommend using orthotics, braces or
splints following foot surgery - whether it be for bunion removal or flat feet - to help the bones and tendons heal properly.