Flatfoot surgery is a common orthopedic operation that can be performed on children and adults. The procedure focuses on correcting the structural problem causing the flatfoot, but more importantly, you’re going to do more than just “repair” it. Your doctor will place very small screws that are actually made out of cobalt-chromium, which will cause a chemical reaction within your bones after the surgery. In this way, the screws dissolve into your bone instead of resting against it as a typical screw would. This allows your bones to naturally heal without the screws being there, so you won’t get that “stuck in your bones” feeling.
The screws will slowly dissolve from all the blood flow in your foot, which takes some time. You’ll be home for the weekend and will need to wear a supportive shoes for about two weeks. You’ll want to make sure you have a pair of shoes that can support you while wearing that shoe. Because the shoes you wear need to fit your feet well, we will also prescribe a custom-made shoe for you. There are two types of flat foot surgery in Singapore that can be performed: open and closed.
With open surgery, you can’t walk on your foot yet because you have to keep the screws in place with sutures until they dissolve. With a closed surgery, you can walk on your foot immediately after the surgery.
There are multiple types of flatfoot and the type of surgery needed depends on what type of flatfoot you have. For instance, if your foot is collapsing inwards, then a closed procedure will help. But if that’s not the case, then you need an open procedure that enables the screws to hold your bones in place while they heal.
There are also several types of flatfeet in children. Many kids have a “pinch” deformity, which is when the foot collapses inwards as it grows. They can be treated with an open procedure or a closed procedure depending on how severe their pinch is.
Expect to follow through with some general instructions during your first few days after surgery:
Your feet will be sore after surgery and you need to rest them. Do not walk on them on the day of surgery, but do be aware that they’ll likely be sore.
You can start exercising a week after surgery. You might want to start out by wearing a pair of supportive shoes for the first week and doing a light activity as tolerated.
Ice your feet every day for 10 minutes to decrease any swelling or pain.
Keep your feet elevated while you’re lying down to help with swelling and avoid any pooling of blood in your foot.
Protect your foot from injury while it’s healing by avoiding high heels, walking on hardwood floors, and doing exercises that can cause any additional stress on the foot during recovery.
If you have been experiencing discomfort from an injury, you may need to look into flatfoot surgery—also known as pes planus or fallen arches—to correct the problem. If your arch collapses when you walk or run, it will cause pain and damage to the bones and joints in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.