Mr. Ewan Kannegieter is a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, and carries out over 700 foot procedures per year.

He has been appointed as a Tutor In Podiatric Surgery by the College of Podiatry and is involved in training the next generation of podiatric surgeons.

Feet can develop many different problems and podiatric surgery is a recognised way to deal with many of the problems, pain and deformities that can arise. If you have pain that is minimal, non-surgical options should be enough to manage your problem. This may include orthotics, injections, shockwave treatment, footwear changes and sound advice. If your pain is persistent, is affecting your quality of life and you have tried conservative treatment then surgery may be the next step.

Not all foot problems are cured by surgery, although surgery may provide a solution to many long-term problems.

Surgery should primarily be carried out for the relief of persistent pain or deformity, improving the cosmetic look alone of the foot is not reason enough for invasive surgery.

What can be done?

This will depend on what you present with. The most common operations are for;

• Bunions
• Hammer and clawed toes
• Joint pain and arthritis
• Fusions and joint replacements
• Repair of tendons and ligaments
• Neuroma
• Ganglions

Surgery can be performed under general anaesthetic, sedation or local anaesthetic, typically as a day case procedure.

Are there risks or side-effects?

There are risks with every surgical procedure, however the main ones are;

• Pain
• Swelling
• Infection
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Chronic pain syndrome (CRPS)
• Numbness
• Joint stiffness
• Recurrence
• Failure to resolve all pain

If you want to discuss your foot problem and your foot solution, please contact the Baddow Hospital and ask to see Mr Kannegieter.

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