Deformed toes, misaligned or overgrown bones, irritated nerves—all of these concerns may be causing you daily foot pain. Despite the discomfort, many people avoid seeking help for bunionettes, bunions, bone spurs, hammertoes, and neuromas. Is fear of surgery keeping you from addressing your situation? Instead of waiting until it’s impossible to put your shoes on in the morning, or your mobility is limited, schedule a visit to Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today.
Our foot specialists understand that while conservative, non-surgical treatments are always the first choice, some forefoot conditions require surgical intervention. In these cases, it’s critical that you have full confidence in your care team. Drs. Craig Thomajan and Shine John are experienced, dedicated leaders in the field of podiatry.
An accurate diagnosis is the first step to ending your foot pain. Foot deformities and painful complications develop for different reasons. The cause will dictate the procedure that is recommended. Below you will find an overview of foot surgeries that address conditions of the forefoot.
There are many different surgeries that can be done to address this painful misalignment of the big toe bone. The problem is resolved by moving the joint and bone into their proper positions, which alleviates discomfort. A bunionectomy removes the protruding bone (that bump at the base of your big toe), while other options also address the surrounding tendons and ligaments.
The goal of surgical intervention for a tailor’s bunion, which is located near the small toe, is similar. The part of the bone that is sticking out is removed, and the metatarsal bone may be put back into place if necessary.
Typically affecting the second toe, this deformity is identified by a bent middle joint. Flexible hammertoe is often treated without surgery. However, if the toe becomes “stuck” in this position, the affected tendon may have to be surgically altered. If necessary, bone will be taken out, so that the toe can be put into its normal straight position.
A Morton’s neuroma is a common nerve condition of the feet. It usually appears between the third and fourth toes, and you may feel like you are stepping on a stone. In fact, something in your foot has changed—a thickened area has developed around the affected nerve. Cases that are extremely painful may require that the nerve be removed surgically.
Bone Spur Surgery
You may be familiar with heel spurs; however, bone spurs can occur in other places—such as the toes. The small toe and the sides of the toes are common locations. The spur is addressed by leveling it out to match the surrounding bone.
Surgery is serious, but so is daily foot pain. If you’re living with discomfort each time you put on your shoes or take a step, it’s time to find relief. With Drs. Thomajan and John, you’ll experience the best in podiatric care and post-operative support. Don’t wait another day—call our Austin, TX office at (512) 328-8900, or schedule an appointment online.