What is Flatfoot Reconstruction?
Flatfoot or pes planus is a condition in which the foot does not have a normal arch when standing. Flatfoot reconstruction is a surgery to correct the structures of the foot and restore the natural functionality of the foot that has been lost due to an injury or illness.
What are the Indications for Flatfoot Reconstruction?
The primary objectives of flatfoot reconstruction are to reduce pain and restore the function of the affected foot. It is usually recommended when conservative treatments fail to resolve your symptoms.
How is a Flatfoot Reconstruction Performed?
The surgical technique depends on factors such as your age, severity, and duration of the symptoms. Depending on your condition your surgeon may perform the following flatfoot reconstruction techniques.
- Tendon Transfer: The damaged tendon in your foot is removed and replaced with a healthy one.
- Calcaneal Osteotomy: Parts of the bone in your feet are removed, reshaped or repositioned in different sections of your feet.
What is the Post-procedural Care for Flatfoot Reconstruction?
The following post-surgical guidelines need to be followed after flatfoot reconstruction:
- Get adequate rest and avoid using the affected foot as recommended by your doctor.
- Take medications to help alleviate pain and inflammation as prescribed by your doctor.
- Cover the splint while showering to keep it clean and dry.
- Keep the foot elevated at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling and discomfort.
- Crutches or a walker may be used to maintain balance or stability while walking.
- A wheelchair may be required for a few days in more severe cases.
- Begin appropriate exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles as per your doctor’s instructions.
- The outcome of flatfoot reconstruction surgery is greatly improved when you, your surgeon, and the physical therapist work together as a team.
Click here to learn more about Flatfoot Reconstruction from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS).