Post Traumatic Injuries
Trauma to the foot and ankle can damage bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, leading to significant pain, disability and wear of cartilage (arthritis) in the joints of the foot. Reconstructive surgery is performed to restore stability and function, reduce pain and prevent further deformity. Usually after trauma (broken bones) the aim of treatment is to hold the bones in the correct position until they unite. If non-operative treatment is unlikely to work (usually involving plastering) then an operation may be required to hold the bones in place by using metal plates and screws. Other techniques include arthrodesis (fusion of bones at the joints), tendon repair/transfer, bone grafting and soft tissue repair.