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What is podiatric surgery?
Podiatric surgery is the surgical treatment of the foot and its associated structures. It is carried out by a podiatric surgeon, usually as a day case procedure and often, but not always under local anaesthetic. Podiatric surgeons are Fellows of the College of Podiatric Surgeons or the Surgical Faculty of the College of Podiatrists, whose qualifications are registered under the Health Professions Council.
Whilst many foot problems respond to non-surgical treatment, some are best treated by podiatric surgery. This is particularly effective for persistently painful conditions or where the foot is being affected by deformity.
Reasons to see a podiatric surgeon
Some of the common concerns for seeing a podiatric surgeon are:
- Persistent joint pain
- Inflammation indicated by joint swelling
- Tenderness of the joints
- Stiffness, redness, warmth
- Joint deformity
- Loss of range of motion or flexibility
- Fatigue, lack of energy, weakness
Wide range of treatments
There are a range of podiatric conditions that can affect the foot, some that can interfere with your day-to-day life. Podiatric surgery at BMI Healthcare offers treatment for a wide range of podiatric disorders and conditions including:
- Ingrown toenail
- Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of connective tissue)
- Hammer, mallet and claw toes
- Foot arthritis
- Plantar corns
- Neuromas (enlarged nerves)
- Autoimmune rheumatic disorders
Your consultant podiatric surgeon will assess your condition and give you a specialist opinion, as well as advice specific to you operation. If further diagnostic tests or treatments are required, these will be explained fully during your consultation.
How BMI Healthcare can help
Podiatric surgery at BMI Healthcare offers you fast, direct and convenient appointments with a podiatric surgeon. Your consultant will be able to discuss with you the type of surgery you need and answer any questions you have to make you feel as reassured as possible.
Together, you and your consultant podiatric surgeon can decide the best route for you and develop a tailor made treatment and recovery package to achieve optimum results.