Foot and ankle surgery is a sub-specialty of orthopaedic surgery which deals with the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of disorders of the foot and ankle. Specialist foot and ankle surgeons are likely to have undergone surgical training, specialty training in orthopaedics and an additional 1-2 year fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.
Surgery often involves the repair of damage to the foot, or ankle which which may have occurred to bone, muscle, tendon, nerve, other soft tissue (such as ligaments), skin and nails. Common operations include surgery for complex foot reconstruction, forefoot reconstruction to correct bunions, hallux valgus, hallux rigidus (stiff big toe), lesser toe deformities and metatarsalgia (forefoot pain), total ankle replacement, achilles tendon repair and reconstruction and arthroscopic arthrodesis or fusion surgery to combat symptoms of arthritis.
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