Flatfeet, or pronated feet, are feet that have no arches. In some patients, the feet are permanently fixed in a flat position. In others, the arches disappear only when standing. Many people with flatfeet live normal, active lives free of symptoms. Others, however, are dramatically limited by their flatfeet and require medical intervention. When conservative treatment measures fail, Hawaii reconstructive foot surgery can restore arches to the feet and help eliminate symptoms caused by the foot deformity.
Did you know…
that flatfeet is one of the most common foot deformities in the U.S.? Approximately 60 million people in the U.S. – 1 in 4 – have the condition? Flatfeet can either be congenital or acquired over time and can vary in severity of ‘flatness’. While not all flatfeet are symptomatic, some can cause pain, muscle cramps and other complications.
Only your foot and ankle specialist should diagnose flatfoot, but you may be able to identify signs of the condition by comparing the inside and outside heel of the insides of your athletic shoes. Inside heel wear that exceeds that of the outside heel may be a sign of flatfeet. Similarly, if your footprint resembles a block rather than the natural shape of a foot, you may have flatfeet.
Surgery may be right for you if more conservative treatment options, such as the use of insoles or splints, have been ineffective for alleviating your symptoms. During the procedure, a Hawaii foot and ankle specialist will make cuts in the bone to restore a fallen arch. Repairs will also be made to the supportive ligaments and tendons surrounding the arch. In some patients, the foot is realigned to better sustain the pressure placed on it on a daily basis. Depending on the patient and extent of the surgery, patients may stay in the hospital overnight or be released to go home the same day as the procedure.
Your leg will be placed in cast for approximately 2 weeks, during which time you will need to keep it elevated. After that time, you will return to your foot and ankle specialist to be fit for a new cast or boot. You will continue to keep weight off of the foot for several weeks, gradually applying pressure beginning at approximately 8 weeks post-op. In most cases, patients can transition to a normal shoe within 3 months of surgery.
Dr. Mcleod performs several type of procedures for flatfoot surgery including minimally invasive Hyprocure implant surgery. See Before and After pictures for example of Flatfoot surgery.