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About foot pain

The human foot and ankle structure contains 26 bones, 33 joints and 29 muscles, making it one of the most complicated mechanical parts of the body. Your foot is responsible for supporting your entire weight, but accommodates forces as much as three times greater when running and jumping, such as when playing netball or any other high impact sport that involves running and jumping.

There are around 8,000 nerves in your feet, more nerves per square centimetre than anywhere else on the body, thus it’s no surprise that chronic foot pain feels so unbearable.

If your condition hasn’t responded well to pain relief treatments or other non operative modalities, you may require foot surgery. The type and severity of the foot injury will determine which surgical route is most effective for you.

Types of Foot Surgery

As a result of the sheer number of parts present in your foot, there’s a large range of structures that can be damaged, through either wear and tear or impact injuries. To determine the type of foot surgery most relevant to you, Dr Kaplan will consider the best methods of restoring normal function to affected areas, as well as long-term pain management.Here are common types of foot surgery:
  1. Fusion Surgery
Fusion surgery is necessary for treating extensive damage to the joints of the foot, where protective cartilage has worn away and resulted in bone-on-bone contact. An orthopaedic surgeon will remove the remaining cartilage before binding bone tissues together with plates and screws. A natural fusion process will take place in your body, thus preventing the movement that was causing you pain.
  1. Achilles Tendon Repair
The back of your heel is connected to the calf muscles by the tremendously powerful Achilles tendon, which causes immense pain when torn. Surgical repair of the Achilles tendon involves reconnecting these torn ends. With adequate rest, the tendon may repair without surgery and an early non operative treatment plan, though there is greater risk of slower recovery or repeat injury.
  1. Metatarsal Repair
Metatarsal bones are positioned between your hind-foot and toe phalanges. If you’re experiencing rheumatoid arthritis, or other issues causing significant deformity of the foot, you may feel sharp or burning pains in these bones. During metatarsal repair, a surgeon will cut, position and refasten the bone using plates, screws or pins.
  1. Toe Deformity Correction
When toes become deformed, typically as a result of corns, calluses bunions, hammer toes, arthritis, normal balance and gait are compromised, which not only causes great pain but also increases the risk of further injury. During surgical correction of a toe deformity, the surgeon will straighten and reposition toes to alleviate pain and restore normal function.
  1. Reconstructive Surgery
Even the smallest of foot and ankle irregularities can cause significant damage in the future, so you should consult with your health provider over anything causing you pain or discomfort. Problems affecting the strength, agility or endurance of your foot can be resolved with reconstructive surgery.

Recovery Time for Foot Surgery

After the initial discomfort following surgery, you can begin the gradual journey of strengthening the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the foot. Foot rehabilitation programs are designed to build up soft tissues for the best long-term results.

Recovery from foot surgery varies case by case. Most people will be able to stand and walk unassisted somewhere between 6 and 12 weeks after surgery. However, it will take significantly longer before you will be able to resume all of your usual activities.

Foot surgery recovery time can be anywhere between 6 and 12 months although intensive exercise is possible, though this will depend on the severity of the condition and patient commitment to rehabilitation. It’s important to start slowly with simple stretches and low-impact exercises.

Cost of Foot Surgery

A detailed surgical fee estimate will be provided as part of informed financial consent prior to operation.

In the case of proximal or distal toe arthroplasty or minor foot tendon reconstruction, the MBS provides a 75% fee benefit, meaning patients pay only $112.60 of the total $450.50, with the MBS covering the $337.90 difference. Costs will rise significantly for more complicated surgical procedures.

If private care is preferred, costs can rise depending on the foot and ankle surgery type, principally the amount of work required, supplementary treatments or medication, as well as time spent at the medical care facility. Should you require surgery after consultation with Dr Kaplan, fully informed financial consent will be obtained prior to operation with provision of our detailed surgical fee estimate.

  • PhD (Science), Thesis; “Surgical aspects, finite element analysis & x-ray correlation of femoral neck changes in the osteoarthritic hip and hip resurfacing surgery”
  • Travelling Fellow of the Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS), Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons Primary Examination – Awarded ‘The Gordon Taylor Prize’ for highest marks
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (Honours), University of Sydney
  1. We focus on excellence and apply the highest standards in medical diagnosis and treatment to ensure complete patient care. Our modern hospitals are equipped with the lastest computerised technology.
  2. Total knee replacements are carried out using the the most up to date robotic technology. Some health funds also offer total knee replacements at no cost to the patient at several of our hospitals.
  3. Minimally invasive surgery is an option where this is in the best interest of the patient.

Hospitals operated at:

  • East Sydney Private Hospital
  • Kareena Private Hospital
  • St George Private Hospital
  • Hurstville Private Hospital
  • PhD (Science), Thesis; “Surgical aspects, finite element analysis & x-ray correlation of femoral neck changes in the osteoarthritic hip and hip resurfacing surgery”
  • Travelling Fellow of the Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS), Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons Primary Examination – Awarded ‘The Gordon Taylor Prize’ for highest marks
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (Honours), University of Sydney

Why choose us ?

  • Robotic Technology
  • No Gap Billing
  • Minimally invasive surgery

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