Surgical Procedures for Foot Pain
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Surgery may be needed when other methods do not help to treat:
Surgery may be done to cut away the sharp part of the ingrown nail. Part of the nailbed may also be removed to stop the nail from growing.
Bunion surgery may include:
Bunionectomy —The large bone of the big toe is shaved down. Or, a cut is made and a bone-shaving drill is inserted and used to shave off the bone.
Bunion surgery —This surgery realigns the big toe joint and bone along with tendons and ligaments. The metatarsal bone may also be repositioned.
Surgery may be done to release the tendon. Some people may also have a piece of bone removed to straighten the toe.
Neuroma surgery removes the interdigital (between the toes) neuroma. Sometimes, the nerve tissue regrows and forms another neuroma.
Plantar fasciotomy for plantar fasciitis —This surgery releases the plantar fascia from the heel bone.
Surgery for heel spurs —The plantar fascia is cut and released and the heel spurs are removed.
Haglund Deformity (Pump Bump)
Surgery may be done to remove or reduce the bony growth.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Surgery may be done to release the ligament to ease pressure on the nerve.
This surgery repairs or removes the damaged part of the tendon.
This surgery repairs the structures that support the arch of the foot.
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Hammer toe. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/hammer-toe. Accessed May 7, 2020.
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Pes planus. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/pes-planus-flatfoot. Accessed May 7, 2020.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 3/30/2021
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