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Foot Surgery and Treatments

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MedStar Orthopedic Institute’s dedicated center for foot and ankle treatment is known internationally for comprehensive care that provides foot pain relief and helps you return to the activities you love.

In fact, Baltimore's best foot and ankle specialists are at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. In your research, we're confident that our foot and ankle doctors will rise to the top. Drs. Guyton, Miller, Wisbeck, and Hembree average 4.7 stars, as reported by 945 patients (as of July 12, 2019).

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Here you’ll find fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons and doctors who offer a wide range of surgeries from foot deformities, such as bunions and hammertoe, to complex foot treatments. And, our compassionate team is dedicated to research and innovation, ensuring you receive the most advanced care to improve and maintain healthy feet.

If you aren’t sure what you need or who to see, call us at 877-34-ORTHO and our helpful call center associates will guide you.

When you have big toe joint pain as a result of a painful bunion, your foot pain specialist may recommend starting with nonsurgical bunion treatment. Wearing roomier shoes or using protective pads to cushion your big toe may help to relieve the burning pain in your big toe.

However, if nonsurgical options don’t help, you may benefit from surgery. During bunion surgery, called bunionectomy, foot surgeons will realign bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves so the big toe can be brought back to its correct position. There are a few different surgical options for treating bunions, and all of them are designed to remove the bony bump and repair the bone structure and tissue in your foot. Your foot and ankle specialist will recommend a treatment plan based on your unique case.

If you have a deformity in your foot or ankle, such as flatfoot, a calcaneal osteotomy will help to relieve pain, improve alignment and walking, and reduce the likelihood of arthritis. The calcaneus, or heel bone, plays an important role in walking. That’s why during a calcaneal osteotomy, a foot surgeon will cut the heel bone to move and secure it in a better location. After a calcaneal osteotomy, you can expect to return to your favorite activities within six months.

If you have flatfoot caused by the flattening of the arch in your foot, you may want relief for severe heel and ankle pain. Some nonsurgical treatments may provide relief, including rest, immobilization, shoe inserts, braces, and physical therapy. However, for long-lasting pain relief and improved walking ability, you may need surgery. During the procedure, foot surgeons will restore the arches in your feet, which will help improve the pressure on your feet as you stand and walk. Recovery can take six months to a year.

Foot arthritis is easiest to treat in early stages when it’s possible to slow down the progression of arthritis. Treatment options may include anti-inflammatory medication, arch supports for your shoes, or physical therapy. In severe cases of foot arthritis, you may need surgery to reshape or replace the bones in the affected foot joint. Your foot specialist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will work best for you.

Foot tendon reconstruction is a procedure to repair torn tendons, such as an Achilles heel tear. If you have a torn tendon in your foot, your foot physician will recommend a treatment option based on the severity of your tear. For less severe tears, you may just need sutures, or stitches, to repair the tear. If you have an intense tear, your doctor will use tendon tissue grafts, taken either from elsewhere in the leg or from a tissue bank, to reconstruct the torn tendon. After surgery, you will need to stay off of your foot for at least six weeks. Then, you’ll be able to begin walking with a boot on your foot.

Foot fractures can be diagnosed using imaging, such as x-rays. If you have a foot fracture, your foot physician will develop a treatment plan based on the severity of your injury. Nonsurgical treatment options may include a short cast or special shoe. If you have a more severe foot fracture, your foot doctor may recommend surgery, called open reduction internal fixation (ORIF), to get you back on your feet. During this procedure, a foot surgeon may use plates, screws, pins, staples, or tension bands to hold the bones in place. Physical therapy will be important for your recovery.

A metatarsal osteotomy is a surgical procedure performed to treat foot deformities, such as hammertoe. During metatarsal surgery, a foot surgeon will cut the metatarsal bone of the big toe and realign the bone to correct the deformity. Depending on your foot deformity and the type of procedure needed, you can expect to return to activity within two to three months. Most people can walk normally after the foot has healed.

If you have tarsal tunnel syndrome, your foot specialist may recommend nonsurgical treatments such as rest, elevation, massage, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, arch supports (orthotics), and/or better-fitting shoes. If conservative treatment does not provide relief, you may need foot surgery to relieve pressure in the tarsal tunnel. During this procedure, a foot surgeon will make an incision in the ligament located below the inside of the ankle, allowing room for the affected nerve to expand. Or, if a cyst is impinging on the nerve, it can be removed during surgery.