Any injury or deformity of the five metatarsal bones can lead to debilitating pain, problems walking, and other symptoms. The long bones behind the toes are the metatarsals, and sometimes, surgery is required to correct defects and injuries of these structures. Metatarsal surgery involves resetting the metatarsal bone, allowing the surgical site to heal, and pinning the bones in place. What is the reason for metatarsal surgery? Metatarsal surgery is used to correct many foot problems, such as:
- Metatarsal fractures
- Bunion deformities
- Calluses on the ball of the foot
- Foot problems from arthritis, diabetes, and other diseases
- Exostectomy – To remove a bunion, the metatarsal head is removed.
- Metatarsal osteotomy – Removal of a small wedge of bone from the foot.
- Osteotomy – When the surgeon incises and repositions a bone.