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Surgical Intervention For
Foot & Ankle Conditions

Surgical intervention for foot and ankle conditions is usually a last-resort solution when conservative and non-surgical treatments have been exhausted. It involves using surgical techniques to correct structural abnormalities, repair injuries, relieve pain, and restore function. Surgical procedures can vary widely depending on the specific condition and individual needs. Our podiatrists and specialists will conduct thorough evaluations to determine if surgical intervention is appropriate for you.

Conditions Treated:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Flat feet
  • Neuromas
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Ingrown toenails (in severe cases)
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Foot deformities
  • Bone spurs
  • Diabetic foot conditions (in some cases)
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Sports-related foot and ankle injuries

Possible Reasons For Surgery:

  • Chronic pain or discomfort that does not respond to conservative treatments
  • Severely limited mobility or functional impairment
  • Structural deformities or abnormalities causing significant pain or functional limitations
  • Failed previous conservative treatments or non-surgical interventions
  • Instability or recurrent sprains or dislocations
  • Severe trauma or injury to the foot or ankle
  • Progressive worsening of a condition or symptoms
  • Presence of complications such as infections, tumors, or nerve damage
  • Medical conditions that may require surgical intervention for optimal management

Common Surgical Procedures

Achilles Tendon Repair

Achilles tendon repair is performed to repair a ruptured or damaged Achilles tendon, which is the large tendon at the back of the ankle. The surgeon makes an incision and sutures the torn ends of the tendon back together. In some cases, additional procedures, such as tendon grafting or reinforcement with other tissues, may be necessary to strengthen the repair.

Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into the ankle joint through small incisions. This allows the surgeon to visualize and diagnose various ankle conditions, such as cartilage damage, inflammation, and loose bodies. Specialized instruments are used to treat the identified problems, such as removing loose fragments, repairing damaged cartilage, or releasing tight ligaments.

Ankle Fusion (Arthrodesis)

Ankle fusion, also known as arthrodesis, is a surgical procedure that involves joining or fusing the bones of the ankle joint together. This eliminates painful movement and provides stability. Ankle fusion is commonly performed to treat severe arthritis or chronic ankle instability that has not responded to conservative treatments.


A bunionectomy involves the removal or realignment of a bunion, which is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. The surgeon may remove excess bone or tissue, reposition the joint, and tighten or loosen ligaments to correct the deformity and relieve pain.

Fracture Repair

Fracture repair involves the surgical fixation of broken bones in the foot or ankle. The specific technique used depends on the location and severity of the fracture. The surgeon may use plates, screws, wires, or external fixation devices to stabilize the fracture and promote proper healing and alignment of the bones.

Hammertoe Surgery

Hammertoe surgery is performed to correct a deformity in the toes where they become bent or curled. The surgical approach may involve releasing tight tendons, repositioning joints, or removing a small piece of bone to straighten the toe. The procedure aims to alleviate pain, improve toe alignment, and restore normal function.

Plantar Fascia Release

Plantar fascia release involves partially or completely releasing the plantar fascia ligament, which connects the heel to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. This procedure is typically performed for severe cases of plantar fasciitis that do not respond to conservative treatments. By releasing the tight ligament, it helps relieve pain and restore normal foot function.

Neuroma Excision

Neuroma excision involves the surgical removal of a neuroma, which is a painful nerve growth that often occurs between the toes. The procedure aims to alleviate pain by removing the affected nerve tissue and relieving pressure on the surrounding nerves.

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Podiatry Consultation

Illinois Podiatry Specialists is dedicated to providing exceptional care for your foot and ankle conditions. Our team consists of highly skilled and board-certified foot and ankle specialists committed to delivering personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. We understand the importance of prompt care, which is why we offer same-day availability for your convenience. Take the first step towards improved foot health by scheduling a consultation with our expert team today.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale
950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

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Glendale Heights, IL 60139


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