San Francisco Podiatrist – Rearfoot Surgery
Rearfoot surgery most often addresses issues with the heel. When conservative treatments fail to improve heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, San Francisco Podiatrists will explore surgical options. A surgeon can remove the bony growth of a heel spur or release the fasciitis tension in the soft tissue on the underside of the foot. Sometimes, though not often, surgery is used to correct stress fractures, entrapped nerves, bruises, arthritis, bursitis, gout or heel pad deterioration. Haglund’s deformity forms on the back of the heel and most often develops because of overuse of high heels or ‘pumps.’ This condition is sometimes called ‘pump bump.’ Surgery is considered if shoe changes and other modifications don’t work. Sometimes a spur develops behind the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone. This is called insertional Achilles spur and is associated with Achilles tendinitis. Surgery removes the spur and repairs the tendon. Other surgeries used to treat rearfoot conditions include tendon repair, bone fusion, joint implantation, bone grafting, soft tissue repair, tumor removal or amputation. Surgeons may use bone screws, wires, pins or staples to stabilize the hard and soft tissues. Casts, splints, crutches and canes are just a few tools used during surgical recovery.