The Department of Podiatric Surgery at Manipal Hospitals, deals with surgical intervention to treat disorders of the foot and lower extremity. The department covers foot surgery under sports medicine and diabetic foot surgery which are the two most common use cases of podiatric surgery.
Manipal Hospitals' team of expert podiatric surgeons are highly experienced with the planning and execution of podiatric surgery. Thousands of patients benefit every year from the state of the art facilities and procedures performed at the Department of Podiatric surgery. The team works with consultants from other disciplines like orthopaedics, endocrinology and sports medicine to devise the right surgical planning for each case and ensure safe, effective surgery.
52 bones in the feet account for roughly 25% of all the bones in the average human body. The skeletal structure of the foot is very intricate with 26 bones that are connected by 33 joints, 19 muscles, 107 ligaments and tendons that give the human foot its flexibility and strength.
Manipal Hospitals' podiatric surgeons understand the level of complexity involved in high risk foot surgery, and rely on accurate diagnosis and imaging to perform procedures effectively. The department is equipped with state of the art surgical and imaging equipment to give patients the best chance of surgical success and lower risks. Podiatric surgeons are preferred over general orthopaedics as the risks of the foot surgery increase both with regards to the operation and in the post-op period.
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Some of the surgical procedures available under podiatric surgery are:
- Tendon and ligament repair
- Toenail surgeries
- Heel spur surgery
- Neuroma surgery
- Metatarsal surgery
- Hammer, claw, and mallet toe surgery
- Fracture reduction with pin and screw fixation
- Epidermal nerve fiber density skin biopsy for neuropathy
- Tarsal tunnel and sinus tarsi surgery
- Biopsy for skin lesions
- Ultrasound assisted injection and PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy
- Nerve block for chronic foot pain
The podiatric surgeon examines your medical history and X-ray images of your foot to start identifying a surgical plan. You will be given all the details of the surgical options available to you and the risks and benefits associated with them.
●Age ●Diabetes ●Obesity ●Family history ●Uncomfortable footwear
●Pain in the feet when applying pressure or exerting force ●Cracked feet ●Wounds that heal very slowly ●Itchiness ●Bump beside your big toe
Wearing better quality footwear that is orthopedically recommended can reduce the risks of many foot problems. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet can also help with the prevention of foot problems.
It is recommended to visit a doctor once a year to get a regular check-up. If you have any symptoms or concerns, you can share them with the doctor and understand better how to take care of your health.
Manipal Hospitals is determined to providing personalized care to its patients over a long-term partnership that keeps patients healthy and happy. Our podiatrics department and the highly specialized treatment patients receive from it, is a testament to this. Connect with us to increase your understanding of foot problems and book an appointment with one of our podiatric specialists today.