Diabetic/Charcot Reconstructive Surgery, Congenital (birth defect) Reconstructive Surgery, Revisional Surgery

Diabetic/Charcot Reconstructive Surgery

Charcot foot is a serious condition that can occur in people who have considerable nerve damage. Charcot foot causes the bones in the foot to weaken. This can lead to foot fractures as well as a change of shape to the foot. Symptoms include redness, swelling, pain, and warmth. A huge number of people with this condition require reconstructive surgery. Our doctors here at Sparks have various surgical techniques that are not available anywhere else in Arkansas.   

Congenital (birth defect) Reconstructive Surgery

Many babies are born with foot deformities that can affect their development and ability to walk. Reconstructive surgery usually takes place during that first year in order to not affect the baby’s growth and development. Some of the most common congenital foot deformities are:

  • Metatarsus adductus – Metatarsus adductus causes the front of the foot to bend in towards the middle of the foot. The ankle and the back of the foot are both normal. Metatarsus adductus is said to be caused by the position of the baby in the womb. 
  • Clubfoot - Clubfoot is where the foot turns inwards and downwards and is difficult to place in the right position.  The foot, along with the calf muscle, may be smaller than usual. This is one of the most common congenital deformities. 
  • Calcaneovalgus - Calcaneovalgus affects the tibiotalar joint of the foot causing the foot to turn outwards and upwards. It affects around five percent of babies and appears to be more frequent with females.     
  • Vertical talus - Vertical Talus is one of the causes for flat foot in newborns. The talus bone develops in the wrong place, causing the bones in front of the talus to move on top of it. This causes the bottom of the foot to have no arch. Vertical talus is typically diagnosed at birth. 
  • Polydactyly - Polydactyly is when the baby is born with more than five toes on a foot. 
  • Syndactyly - Syndactyly is better known as webbed toes. This condition can be described by having two or more toes connected together. Surgery can be used to separate the toes, but because webbed toes do not affect your health, it is not necessary.     
  • Overlapping toes - One toe lies on top of another toe. In severe cases of overlapping toes, a pin may need to be used to keep the toe in place at a straight position. 

Revisional Surgery

Revisional surgery is used to compensate for a failed surgery that did not have the desirable result the patient was looking for. If you have previously had foot or ankle surgery and are not pleased with your results, come see our doctors here at Sparks and let them help you get back to having healthy, functional feet.