Foot Surgery – When is it time?

Foot pain can be treated with conservative approaches. Sometimes surgical intervention is required. We can determine when surgical intervention may be helpful to the patient. When pain continues despite conservative approaches, foot surgery may be recommended to restore functionality to the foot.

Types of Foot Surgery

Surgery on Tendons

For acute injuries or problem plantar fasciitis where tendons need to be lengthened or shortened depending on the issue.  Surgery can help to re-route functionality to improve the condition.

Heel Surgery

Heel surgery can provide relief from pain and restorative mobility in many situations.  Based on examination of the problem surgery often involves the release of tendons associated with plantar fascia and the excision of any heel spurs.

Bunion Surgery

Depending on the severity of the bunion and joint involved each case is addressed on an individual basis. Procedure types and recovery times vary depending on condition.

Hammer Toe Surgery

This type of surgery may involve the portion of the toe bone to reset the alignment of the toe or fusing the toe joint. In more severe cases implants can be utilized in the toe to maintain the proper realignment.

Neuroma Surgery

This type of surgery involves the removing of a benign enlargement associated with a nerve between the ball of the foot and the metatarsal heads. A shorter recovery is often expected as it involving soft tissue rather than bone related procedures.

Joint Replacement

Arthritis in the great toe joint or lesser metatarsal joints may indicate a joint replacement procedure to relieve pain and allow for pain free ambulation.


Wounds require debridements to remove devitalized tissue and allow for new tissue formation.  Debridements are often associated with Diabetic foot ulcers but may occur in other medical conditions as well.

Other foot problems can be alleviated in other ways besides surgical intervention. See a complete list of foot conditions Dr. Frank commonly treats.