Foot and Ankle Surgery at Kann Foot Surgery
Mr. Ewan Kannegieter is a leading Consultant Podiatric Surgeon with over 18 years’ experience successfully treating the root causes of foot pain. He undertakes over 800 foot procedures each year and treats all ages.
The foot and ankle are a complex structure providing stability to the body and performing complex movements and rotations. Sadly, our feet and ankles can develop many different pain-inducing issues and deformities which can have a debilitating impact on our mobility and quality of life.
Thankfully podiatric surgery is an effective way to deal with many of these problems and often conservative, non-surgical treatments can effectively manage foot pain.
Solutions such as orthotics, pain relieving injections and shockwave treatment plus sensible footwear changes and following sound footcare advice can make the world of difference and avoid surgical intervention.
However, where pain persists and conservative treatments have not solved the issue then surgery may be the logical next step to treat pain.
Please note: although surgery may provide a solution to many long-term problems it is important to note that not all conditions are solved following surgical intervention.
Surgery should be primarily carried out for the relief of persistent pain or deformity. Improving the cosmetic look of the foot alone is not a good reason for an invasive foot surgery procedure.
Foot and Ankle Surgical Treatment Options
There are many different surgical solutions available to treat foot pain and deformity and the right treatment plan for you will depend on the symptoms and condition you present with.
The most common operations treat the following conditions:
• Hammer and clawed toes
• Joint pain and arthritis
• Fusions and joint replacements
• Repair of tendons and ligaments
The good news is foot surgery can usually be performed under general anaesthetic, sedation or local anaesthetic, typically as a day case procedure.
Are There Risks or Side-Effects Following Foot Surgery?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks which Mr. Kannegieter will always thoroughly explain to you prior to your treatment, so you can be informed every step of the way.
The main risks following foot and ankle surgery are:
- Tender scarring
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Chronic pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Joint stiffness
- Failure to resolve all pain
All Kann Foot Surgery patients receive excellent aftercare which includes a number of important recommendations to support swift and effective surgical recovery.
You can find out more about Kann Foot Surgery aftercare by visiting our patient information page here.