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Subtalar Fusion

Find out why you might need subtalar fusion surgery for foot and ankle issues, and what to expect from the treatment

The subtalar joint is the joint that allows you to rotate your foot in a circular motion. Sometimes due to injury or arthritis this joint become painful when walking and can also make the ankle/foot unstable.

In such cases, it may be recommended that you have a subtalar fusion procedure where the joint is stabilised and fused so relieving pain from that joint.

The operation is usually performed under general anaesthetic and requires an overnight stay in hospital.

A cut will be made on the outside of your ankle. The surgeon will then remove the surfaces of the subtalar joint, compress the joint, and the fix the bones in the correct position with two screws.

The wound will then be closed with stitches and the ankle placed in a plaster cast.

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 Subtalar fusion

Miss Vigdis Thorisdottir

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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Mr Stefan Weitzel

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MD, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr&Orth)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Adam Ajis

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Disorders of the Foot & Ankle

BMedSc(Hons Physiol) MBChB MRCSEd FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI Goring Hall Hospital

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Mr Raghubir Kankate

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS Orth, FRCS RCS, MS Orth, M C h Orth Diplomate Orth, Diploma Orthopaedics

BMI The Chiltern Hospital 1 more BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Naveed Shaikh

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

BMI Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Arul Ramasamy

Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon

MA(Cantab), PhD, Dip Sports Med, MFSEM, DMCC, PGCert Ed, FRCS(Tr+Orth)

BMI The Saxon Clinic 1 more BMI Three Shires Hospital

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