Foot Fusion Surgery
What is foot fusion surgery?
Foot fusion surgery, also known as arthrodesis, is a procedure to fuse the bones of the foot joint together using screws or pins to form one continuous bone. It is used for a wide range of foot conditions including arthritis, flat feet, hammer toe and fractures. The aim of the surgery is to reduce pain, improve stability and restore foot function and flexibility.
During the procedure, the damaged cartilage is removed and the joints are aligned using pins so that they can be kept well in place. As the foot heals, the bones naturally grow towards each other and fuse together giving a much more stable and pain-free structure. Foot fusion surgery can be performed in the midfoot or the hindfoot as needed. After surgery, patients can expect to feel significantly less pain and enjoy much greater joint stability and function with walking ability unaffected.
General recovery times
Keeping your foot elevated for the first 2 weeks after surgery is important in order to help reduce the likelihood of infection. Your foot will be placed in a cast for around 12 weeks, and you can use crutches to get around. While in hospital, your doctor will provide an individualised rehabilitation program to maintain flexibility and strength in your muscles.
It’s important not to place any weight on your foot until your Doctor has advised it is safe to do so. This usually happens at around 6 weeks using a special boot, after an X-Ray has confirmed the bones are all healing correctly. After 12 weeks your joints will have fused completely and you should be in back your own shoes, and able to bear your full weight. Depending on the foot that had surgery, your doctor will advise when it is safe to drive. It can take up to 6 months to be cleared for sporting activities.
Other foot surgeries and procedures
Common foot conditions
How much will my foot surgery cost?
Understanding the cost of your treatment is an important consideration before committing to surgery, but it’s not always easy to find the information you need. Learn more about the factors which contribute to the cost of your surgery:
What will my treatment and recovery look like?
Familiarising yourself with your treatment program and understanding the recovery process are important steps to take on the pathway to surgery.
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