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The Risks and Rewards of Surgery to Treat Flat Feet

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On one hand, getting surgery for your flat feet might be the last item on your desired “to do list.”

On the other hand, the ankle, foot, and leg pain caused by your bone and tendon problems might be unbearable. You want to resolve your foot-related medical crisis as quickly as possible. This article will give you a rundown of the possible benefits and issues that you could encounter before, during, and after surgery.

Surgery for painful flat feet

Not all people are good candidates for surgery. For instance, children with flat feet are usually told to wait until they grow before surgical intervention. If you're unhealthy—if you’ve had unsuccessful foot surgery in the past, or if you’re suffering from other medical conditions—you might be told to stick with more traditional treatments, such as rest, custom shoes, and casts.

Other patients might be particularly good candidates. For instance, if you suffer from a particularly uncomfortable type of flat foot condition known as tarsal coalition, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to repair the joints and tendons as well as relieve foot pain.

The risks of surgery run the gamut and include: pain, immobility, infection, and deformities. On balance, most Philadelphia podiatry patients report significant relief over the long-term from surgical intervention.

The success (or failure) of your flat foot surgery will depend in part on the experience and quality of the care you get and your after-surgery rehabilitation.

For an integrated, effective, and caring approach to your flat foot problems, call the Pennsylvania foot care team at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates today at 610-933-8644. We'd be happy to discuss whether surgery might be appropriate fix for you.

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