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Midfoot fusion

Find out what happens during a midfoot fusion, how it can improve your range of motion and what to expect from your recovery

When the joints in the middle of your foot become arthritic, your foot becomes painful and walking can become difficult. A midfoot fusion is when the bones in your midfoot are fused together.

As a result of the surgery, these joints will become rigid and your pain will be improved. The loss of movement in the joints is not noticeable as these joints normally have very little movement.

The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic and you will require an overnight stay in hospital. Incisions are made over the top of your foot as required for access to the joints affected.

The surfaces are then removed from these joints which are then placed into their correct positions and held together with screws, plates, and/or staples.

For the first few weeks following surgery you will need to elevate your foot as much as possible to reduce swelling. This will both make the foot more comfortable and help the wounds to heal.

After the operation, you will not be able to put weight through your foot for two weeks. At two weeks, you will have your stitches removed and you will be placed in a light-weight cast. Using crutches, for six weeks you can place about half your weight through this cast when walking.

At eight weeks after surgery, you will be placed in a removable boot to walk in for four more weeks and will be able to put all your weight through this boot. At three months following surgery, you will be able to return to normal shoe wear. The swelling can take from six months to a year to completely resolve.

Specialists Offering Midfoot fusion

Professor Anand Pillai

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

MBBS, MS ORTH, MRCS Edin, FRCS Orth, FICS, PGdip Med Ed

BMI The Highfield Hospital 1 more BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Richard Samarji

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBCh, BAO (NUI), LRCP, LRCS, MCh (Dublin), FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Tr&Orth)

BMI The Highfield Hospital 1 more BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Adnan Bawarish

Consultant Trauma, and Orthopaedic Surgeon

MD. Mch ( Orth ) , FRCS

BMI Woodlands Hospital

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Professor Roslyn Miller

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

BMI Albyn Hospital 2 more BMI Kings Park Hospital BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Sunil Dhar

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS MSOrth MCh Orth FRCS Ed FRCS Orth

BMI The Park Hospital

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