Our feet are under a lot of stress every day and carry our bodies an amazing distance throughout our lives. This makes it all the more important to take foot problems seriously and seek appropriate treatment as quickly as possible when they arise.
Consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and over 100 ligaments, the human foot is a highly complex and impressive body part. In the case of existing complaints, it is therefore important to make the correct diagnosis prior to appropriate therapy. If conservative treatment options are no longer effective, surgical measures are often the only sensible alternative in order to become symptom-free. Our orthopedic specialists will take the time to advise you in detail.
Necessity of Foot Surgery
The variety of foot diseases is large, many problems are labeled as optical deficiencies. It is only over the years that those affected realize that their condition is much more than an aesthetic problem. That is why it is important to act early. If the patient is seen by a specialist in good time, many clinical pictures can be treated conservatively. If this time is missed, only surgical intervention is an option.
Overview of treatment areas of the foot
From troublesome problems in the area of the halux valgus, to complaints in the forefoot, midfoot and hindfoot, to complex malpositions of the foot and ankle joint – you are in good hands at the Clinic Bel Etage for all questions concerning the diseased foot. We also offer appropriate treatment options in the field of foot surgery for children.
Hallux valgus surgery – pain as an indicator for surgical intervention
An operative intervention should always be well considered. In the case of an existing hallux valgus, surgery is the last step to be considered for correcting the symptoms. However, if conservative treatments are not effective, a hallux valgus surgery can be considered.
In which cases is hallux valgus surgery recommended?
In the case of hallux valgus, a distinction must be made between the various degrees of severity with regard to surgery. If only cosmetic deficits are present, surgery is normally not recommended. However, some sufferers have severe limitations with regard to everyday activities and continuously less quality of life. If pain and movement restrictions are present due to the condition, hallux valgus surgery is urgently required.
Why is surgery problematic for aesthetic reasons?
The foot is the part of the body that is farthest from the heart. This means that blood circulation in this area of the body is not as strongly promoted as in other places. If, for example, arterial occlusive disease is present, the supply of blood and nutrients to the foot is restricted. In this train, the disease situation may worsen. In addition, the surgical consequences for a patient who is symptom-free in the first place, can bring long-term discomfort and a delayed recovery process.
What is the procedure for a hallux valgus operation?
Modern, surgical procedures make our surgeons’ work easier and allow for less downtime for our patients. After minimally invasive surgery for hallux valgus, mobility can be restored relatively quickly with the use of physiotherapeutic exercises. In the Clinic Bel Etage, our specialists in the field of modern orthopedics will be happy to advise you in detail about your complaint profile.
Hallux rigidus surgery – minimally invasive solutions for early indications
Hallux rigidus is an arthritis of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the appropriate therapy must be selected for the patient’s complaint profile. If the wear of the cartilage is detected at an early stage, replacement of the entire joint can be avoided by smoothing the cartilage that is still present. Using minimally invasive techniques, our specialist removes pieces of cartilage, bone outgrowths and mucosal thickening from the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe during hallux rigidus surgery. Already worn joint structures are also removed in the course of this procedure.
Open hallux rigidus surgery
The desired state of health cannot always be achieved with minimally invasive surgery. If the cartilage at the affected metatarsophalangeal joint is too worn, a so-called cheilectomy is necessary. In this case, the joint is opened from above with the aid of a longitudinal incision so that our orthopedic specialist can obtain the best possible view of the surgical objective. The actual operation then takes place. A wedge-shaped piece of the joint is removed to permanently reduce the joint surface. Excess bone protrusions (osteophytes) are also removed in this step.
Joint replacement in hallux rigidus surgery
Unfortunately, our joints are not designed to withstand every stress. If the basic substance of our big toe joint is irreparably damaged, replacement with a prosthesis can no longer be avoided. In this scenario, our specialists in endoprosthetic care use high-quality implants and innovative surgical techniques. In our luxurious patient rooms, you have the perfect environment for a fast and purposeful recovery. Our in-house physiotherapy will ensure that you regain your mobility quickly, both during and after your stay in our private clinic.
In our private clinic, specialists from a wide range of fields work together to offer you holistic therapy. Based on years of experience, the daily exchange of our experts, state-of-the-art technologies and procedures, we at the Clinic Bel Etage aim to offer you the right therapy for your symptoms.
- Hallux valgus
- Hallux rigidus
- Claw toes
- Cartilage damage of the upper ankle joint
- Ligament injuries of the upper ankle joint
- Achilles tendon complaints
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Heel pain
- The child’s foot
- Rheumatoid foot