Foot pain and deformities are among the most common problems in orthopaedic surgery. I have great experience in the surgical correction of bunions (hallux valgus), hammertoes and nerve entrapments of the foot. The elimination of pain and restoration of function are at the forefront of surgical therapy. Modern surgical techniques allow early weight bearing and ensure superior functional and aesthetic results.
For moderate hallux valgus deformities the best surgical results can be achieved with an Austin procedure by an osteotomy of the first metatarsal bone beneath the metatarsal head. This straightens the toe and also corrects the foot width and arch.
For more severe deformities the Lapidus operation (see picture) is a safe and reliable method, which however requires a longer recuperation time.
Arthrosis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (hallux rigidus, great toe) can be treated by a arthrodesis of the joint when conservative therapy fails.
The correction of hammer and claw toes requires a thourough analysis of the underlying deformity and, in most cases can be achieved by an arthrodesis of the contract joint in a straight position. Again, more complex deformities require additional surgery like tendon transfers and/or shortening of the metatarsal bone (Weil´s procedure).
Nerve impingement syndromes of the forefoot (Morton´s neuroma) can be cured by removing the corresponding neuroma.