23 Jun When Should I Consider Metatarsal Surgery?
Metatarsals are the five bones in your feet that connect to your toes. These bones are very small and support a significant amount of weight. In addition, they play an important role in your ability to walk normally. When one of these bones is injured or broken, it can lead to debilitating pain that renders a person unable to walk, run, or perform other normal activities. This can significantly decrease a person’s quality of life.
When a metatarsal is damaged, metatarsal surgery may be considered. Surgery can help fix the defects and allow people to get back to their normal lives.
Metatarsal surgery can be used to correct a variety of different foot problems. This includes metatarsal fractures, bunions, hard calluses on the feet that are causing pain, and foot problems related to diabetes, arthritis, and other diseases. Metatarsal surgery is relatively common and routine so there is no need to be scared going into surgery. Metatarsal surgery is an outpatient procedure, but the patient is still put under general anesthesia.
Once the patient is under anesthesia, an incision is made directly behind the toe of the affected metatarsal. Then the bone is pinned in place using various surgical hardware. If the metatarsal is fractured, bone grafts may need to be used. The incision is then closed, and the patient is allowed to heal at home.
While metatarsal surgery is a routine surgery, it is still a serious surgery in which you are under full general anesthesia. When you wake up, you may experience some confusion as a side effect of the anesthesia. In addition, you can expect your foot to be heavily bandaged.
Typically, the foot is in a cast for up to 2 months. This allows the bones to heal properly without risking them moving out of place. Patients will need to keep weight off the affected foot. Fortunately, our bodies heal quickly and most patients can resume normal activities in 2-3 months.
There are a variety of different types of metatarsal surgeries. The type of surgery you undergo will depend on the problem you are experiencing. For this reason, it is important to schedule a consultation visit with a foot surgeon so that a specialist can help you determine the best treatment plan.
Exostectomy is used to remove bunions. During this surgery, the head of the metatarsal is removed. Osteotomy is used to remove a wedge of bone if it is causing the patient pain. This process also allows the surgeon to reposition the bone in a more ideal place.
Foot pain can be a horrible experience. When there is a problem with the metatarsals a person’s quality of life is greatly affected. We often do not realize how much we use our metatarsals. But, they allow us to walk, run, play sports, jump, and perform almost all functions of daily life.
If you experiencing severe foot pain you may need to consider metatarsal surgery. A consultation visit with a foot surgeon can help you determine whether or not metatarsal surgery is right for you.