Foot and ankle surgery

Foot surgeryFoot exercises, orthopaedic insoles and special footwear can usually help in cases of stress-related foot disorders. We work with renowned orthopaedic workshops to ensure a perfect fit for the insoles and footwear.

Electronic foot pressure measurement

The diagnostic options available at our practice include electronic foot pressure measurement and video-assisted motion analysis. These methods provide us with important information about which treatment – conservative or surgical – is best for athletes and other patients with foot problems.

Hallux valgus — Hammer toes or bunions

Our group practice also specialises in the surgical treatment of the thickening or deformity of the ball of the big toe, known as hallux valgus. A genetically determined malposition of the big toe towards the smaller toes leads to the formation of a ball (bunion) on the outside of the big toe, making it look a bit like a hammer (hence the colloquial hammer toes). The formation of this ball can be promoted by incorrect load-bearing of the foot over a prolonged period, for example due to wearing the wrong shoes: The first and second metatarsal bones spread and the first metatarsal head, the bunion, comes into being.

Minor forms of hallux valgus can generally be treated with conservative methods such as insoles, hallux valgus splints, or fitted shoes.

In moderate or severe cases, however, various surgical techniques can be considered, such as scarf osteotomy in cases of slight deformity/malposition and basic or Akin osteotomy in cases of serious deformity.

Following surgery, the foot should initially be protected from strain by using crutches and special shoes. Following a convalescence period of up to eight weeks and physiotherapy, you will be able to use your foot as normal again.

Hallux rigidus

There are many possible injuries and degenerative changes that can affect the foot. These can include arthrosis in the metatarsophalangeal joint of the ball of the foot (hallux rigidus), misalignments that need to be surgically corrected, as well as misalignments of the small toe like hammer or claw toe.

For the most part, we can treat these misalignments through corrective osteotomy surgery, which helps preserve the joints and their function.

Spurs on the heel and Achilles tendon

A heel spur is a palpable inflammated calcification on the bottom of the foot at the heel bone. Ossification of the Achilles tendon is a spur on the heel bone attachment (Haglund’s Syndrome). Both conditions are usually painful, but also respond very well to conservative care, such as fitting of insoles.

Rupture of the Achilles

An Achilles tendon rupture can be treated with conservative or surgical measures. You will find we are a competent partner for discussing appropriate treatment plans with you.

Ankle joint

Common injuries of the upper ankle joint can be treated with conservative and surgical measures, as well as arthroscopic surgery.

If a foot ligament is injured we immobilise your foot with the help of a cast. If there is a fracture we stabilise it using osteosynthetic (internal fixation) procedures. Our goal is early functional treatment with the earliest possible mobilisation.

If the change in your foot is already pronounced and painful, we suggest surgical correction. The goal is to restore the impaired function of the foot so that you can move without pain again.

The orthopädie elisenhof clinic will be happy to advise you on which option is right for you.