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Important Information on Foot Surgery

Important Information on Foot Surgery

Podiatric surgeons offer comprehensive surgical care for a wide variety of problems, including:

  • bunions (hallux valgus)
  • problems with the toes (e.g. hammer toes)
  • nerve entrapments of the foot and ankle
  • arthritis in the foot and ankle
  • Skin disorders
  • soft tissue or tendon disorders
  • sports injuries
  • fractures in the foot and ankle
  • foot problems in people with diabetes
  • birth deformities and other foot problems in children
  • heel pain
  • high-arched and flat feet

Not all podiatric surgeons do all of the above work. It depends on what other services are available locally.  Your GP or Podiatrist will be able to advise you what services are available to you locally.

Common Foot problems and  their surgical correction 

While many foot problems can be treated non-surgically, not all problems will improve and some will require an operation.  We have a compiled a list of common conditions which can be successfully treated by an operation.  

Can foot operations really be performed under local anaesthetic? 

Podiatric Surgeons often perform surgery on a day-case basis under local anaesthesia – you will therefore be awake during the surgery.

Who is responsible for my care? 

Your treatment / surgery will be undertaken / supervised by a podiatric surgeon who is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgery (College of Podiatrists). Podiatric surgeons are not registered medical practitioners (medical doctors), but are non-medical specialists in the surgical and non-surgical management of problems of the foot and associated structures.