Nonsurgical treatments aren’t always enough to relieve pain and discomfort from forefoot injuries and deformities. The board-certified podiatrists at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists in Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Linden, Edison, and Woodbridge, New Jersey, perform forefoot surgeries for those who need surgical intervention to reduce foot pain and restore mobility. To learn more, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Your forefoot is the area of your foot located directly under your toes. Often called the ball of the foot, your forefoot supports your weight and helps you move with ease.
As a result, it’s prone to injury and deformity that can make it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time without pain.
Forefoot surgeries can correct a wide range of painful conditions and foot deformities, such as:
A bunion is a bony lump that typically forms at the base of your big toe. Anybody can get bunions, but they often develop due to ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, or too much stress on your feet.
Neuromas are pinched nerves in the foot that can lead to chronic pain, tingling, and numbness in your toes and forefoot.
Hammertoes cause your toes to curl underneath your feet. They happen when the muscles in your toes start to weaken from tight or narrow shoes.
A bone spur is a bony growth that can form on your foot. Bone spurs that develop on the forefoot often develop from osteoarthritis, a common wear-and-tear form of arthritis.
You may need forefoot surgery if your injury or deformity hasn’t responded well to nonsurgical interventions. Depending on the problem with your forefoot, you can experience:
After a full examination of your foot, which often includes an X-ray, the team at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists can determine if you’re a good candidate for forefoot surgery.
All forefoot surgeries are different depending on your condition, so talk to your podiatrist about how to prepare beforehand.
Most forefoot surgeries require local anesthesia, but you may need general anesthesia to fully sedate you during the procedure. Rarely do patients need to stay overnight in the hospital after forefoot surgery, so you can expect to go home the same day.
It’s important for your recovery to rest, ice, and elevate your foot after surgery to avoid reinjury. With the right rehabilitation plan, you can regain full function of your foot after it heals.
To learn more, call Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.