Flat Foot Surgery
When surgery is necessary for the treatment of flat foot?
If the flat footedness is at an advanced level thus causing pain, walking difficulties, shoe problems and loss of function; surgical treatment would be necessary.
Can flat footedness be corrected with surgery?
Yes, it can be corrected. The timing and the deciding on which child should be operated is important. At this point experience of the doctor is very important. In general, the principle is not to touch those with no complaint. Meant by “complaint” it is not just pain. Deformation of the shoes, difficulty in running or the child’s complaints of her/his legs for no reason should also be considered. If there are no underlying cause and the child’s flat foot is thought to progress further, it can be operated from the age of 7 to 8 years. However, in the presence of other underlying causes, inoperable pathologic flat foot may be performed earlier.
Is there a recurrance following such surgery?
There is no recurrence of flat footednes with appropriate selection of surgery.