Foot problems that require surgical operation include heel bumps; Achilles tendon problems; plantar fasciitis; bone spurs; plantar corns; neuromas; hallux limitus; hallux valgus; lumps and cysts; hammer, mallet and claws toes; and arthritic damage to the joints of the foot, states UCM. The doctor will usually diagnose the problem before recommending a surgery. Other problems may require surgery because other non-surgical treatments failed to work.
Many surgical operations will require additional measures after the procedure to help return the foot to its normal condition. This includes open sandal, surgical shoe, cast, bandage or splint. Surgeons also recommend certain exercises to help speed up recovery of the foot. Additional therapy or other forms of treatment may be required after surgery to aid in the healing process. These include orthotic devices, special footwear and physiotherapy. Typically, a person can only resume putting on usual footwear after the condition recovers fully.
The symptoms of some foot problems may resemble those of other health conditions, as stated by UCM. Therefore, visiting a doctor for a diagnosis will help clear any doubts, thus allowing a person to start treatment early. Normally, foot problems can lead to inflammation, injury and pain, limiting a person's ability to move. Some people will need to stop putting on footwear until the conditions resolve.