Flat feet (pes planovalgus) is a common complaint with differing levels of severity and symptoms. The degree of severity directly impacts the surgical decision. There are numerous other factors such as; pain,age, weight, degree of arthritis and bone density that influence the type of surgical procedure.

The conservative treatment includes insoles, supportive shoewear, analgesics, anti inflamatories and change in activity.

Flatfoot reconstruction is both complex and demanding and the procedure can vary according to individual requirements.

Flatfoot reconstruction is both complex and demanding and the procedure can vary according to individual requirements.

 

The aim of reconstruction surgery is to improve foot anatomy, function and pain. Reconstruction surgery can include numerous small osteotomies, and ligament and tendon reconstructions, bone grafting, lengthening tendo Achilles.

 

If it is determined that the severity of your problem inhibits reconstructive surgery, arthrodesis (fusion) of the subtalar joint can be an option. This surgery aims to realign the hindfoot and alleviate pain.

A Subtalar fusion is used for a variety of hindfoot conditions. The type of surgery required for the individual will be determined by Mr Edwards.

Another surgical solution used to treat both troublesome flat feet and hindfoot arthritis is a procedure called a triple fusion. This is where the subtalar joint, calcaneocuboid and talonavicular joints are fused. This surgery is aimed at making a stiff problematic foot into a strong comfortable functional one.