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What are the types of surgery for flat feet or fallen arches?

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Procedures may include:

  • Arthrodesis: Fusing the foot or ankle bones together
  • Excision: Removing bones or bony growths called spurs

Oosteotomy: Cutting or changing the shape of the bone

  • Synovectomy: Cleaning the tendons' protective coverings
  • Tendon transfer: Adding tendon from other parts of your body to tendons in your foot to help balance the pull of the tendons and form an arch
  • Lateral column lengthening: Grafting bone to your foot to make the arch rise more naturally

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot;" "Flexible Flatfoot in Children; "Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction;" and "Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle."

eMedcine: "Acquired Flatfoot."

Snyder, K. Medscape/Applied Radiology Online: "Flat Feet."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on March 7, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot;" "Flexible Flatfoot in Children; "Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction;" and "Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle."

eMedcine: "Acquired Flatfoot."

Snyder, K. Medscape/Applied Radiology Online: "Flat Feet."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on March 7, 2020

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