Is Surgery the Only Option to Fix Flat Feet?
Flat feet can lead to long-term issues such as foot pain as well as reduced range of motion. When conservative treatments like arch supports and physical therapy fail to provide relief, board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine may recommend a minimally invasive procedure to restore normal foot function.
Foot surgery may include heel bone realignment, tendon repair or replacement, or fusing one or more of the bones in the foot or ankle together. Patients can schedule a consultation at Millennium Podiatry to discuss their options. Our New York City, NY office is proud to provide comprehensive treatment for flat feet.
Flexible vs. rigid flat feet
Flat feet are divided into two main categories. Flexible flat feet have an arch when the foot is at rest, but rigid flat feet are "stuck" in this position no matter what.
Some cases of rigid flat feet occur when the bones in the back of the foot are fused together. This condition is known as tarsal coalition and can lead to foot pain and difficulty walking. Whatever your condition, Dr. Levine can offer an appropriate treatment plan moving forward.
What nonsurgical treatments are available?
Flat feet can be managed with custom orthotics since they provide support in the right areas. Physical therapy can also strengthen the foot muscles to improve stability and reduce discomfort. A professional may recommend heel stretches, calf stretches, and toe curls based on the extent of your symptoms.
We understand that nonsurgical treatments cannot always address long-term pain and other issues related to flat feet. Foot surgery may be the best option for restoring normal function.
What happens during a flat foot consultation?
Millennium Podiatry has helped countless New York City, NY residents with flat feet through a wide range of solutions. First, Dr. Levine will conduct an exam and review your medical history. We then explain how surgery works based on the extent of your symptoms. Our goal is to ensure you are well informed and comfortable with any decision we make together.
If surgery is recommended, rest assured that our team will be with you every step of the way, from pre-surgical planning and preparation to postoperative care. No matter which route you take, we are committed to ensuring your feet are healthy and functioning properly.
Foot surgery may involve:
- Heel bone realignment
- Repairing a stretched-out or torn tendon
- Using a piece of one tendon to replace another
- Fusing one or more of the bones together
How long is recovery after flat foot surgery?
The answer depends on the type of procedure performed, but most patients return home on the same day as their surgery. Casts can be removed after six weeks, but avoid putting too much weight on the treatment area for proper healing. Normal footwear can be used after three months if recovery goes as planned. Orthotic insoles may be necessary to provide additional reinforcement.
Ask about surgery for flat feet
Flat feet may be common, but they should not be taken lightly. If you experience foot pain and traditional treatments are not working, do not hesitate to reach out to Millennium Podiatry in New York City, NY for help. Board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine knows all about the surgical solutions for addressing flat feet and can provide much-needed relief and support.