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Gabriel Lazar, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist

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Is Midfoot Surgery Right for Me?

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Patients may feel stiffness in the middle of their feet. This may be indicative of midfoot arthritis and can be caused by degeneration. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often fall into this category and may cause extreme pain and discomfort. It may occur from a previous foot fracture, or possibly from an abnormal foot structure. The pain can be chronic, and lifestyle changes may be made that may help to provide temporary relief. Some people opt to have midfoot fusion surgery performed, with the goal of having improved function and decreased pain. This type of surgery can be successful in restoring normal walking and may be helpful in providing stability to the arch. The majority of people who suffer from midfoot arthritis may be eligible to have a midfoot fusion operation. However, there may be existing medical conditions, such as an active infection or overall poor health, that prevent people from undergoing this type of surgery. If you have midfoot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if surgery is the right decision for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar of Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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