Some people have flat feet their entire lives and can function very well because their foot is still well balanced. Others, however, may notice that their arch has "fallen" causing the foot to flatten and the position of the foot to change. This may be accompanied by pain and weakness and can vary in the degree of disability it may cause.
The posterior tibial tendon is one of the strongest supporters of the arch. If this tendon degenerates or becomes injured, its ability to do its job becomes much more difficult, if not impossible. In many cases, the tendon needs some support and rest. For more advanced stages of this condition, surgery may be recommended. Surgery would ultimately realign the foot in a position that recreates the arch so that the foot is in a more balanced position. Both bone and soft tissue work is necessary for this surgery which does require a period of non-weight bearing following the procedure.
Dr. Levine is a foot and ankle orthopaedist, located in New York, that has vast experience in reconstructive foot surgery. He will spend ample time with you to educate you on this condition and review your options in detail. Together, you will come up with a plan that works best for you and gets you back to the activities in your life.
What to expect if you choose to undergo surgery
HSS is a hospital that performs only orthopaedic surgeries. Therefore, we have a highly specialized group of physician assistants, nurses, and anesthesiologists that assist the surgeon during your surgery as well as during the post-operative period to ensure that you receive the best care. Often times you will be able to go home the same day, but some surgeries or medical conditions may require you to stay overnight. Dr. Levine's office staff will help you arrange a day for surgery. If you live in New York and would like to learn more about reconstructive foot surgery or to setup an appointment, contact us today.