Common foot problems and their treatment options

Foot and ankle surgery is the sub-specialty of orthopaedic surgery which deals with the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of disorders of the foot and ankle. Specialist foot and ankle surgeons are likely to have undergone surgical training, specialty training in orthopaedics and an additional fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.

While many foot problems can be treated non-surgically, not all problems will improve and some will require an operation. Surgery often involves the repair of damage to the foot or ankle which may have occurred to bone, muscle, tendon, nerve, other soft tissue (such as ligaments), skin and nails. We have a compiled a list of common conditions which can be successfully treated by several methods, which are described in the different topics. Treatment options and techniques may vary with different countries and clinics. If you are considering whether or not to have a foot operation, your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will usually provide you with advice leaflets tailored to your specific condition and operation.

You can use the pathology finder on the right or the menu on the left to go to the corresponding article. Therapies and surgery may vary with different hospitals and countries. For further and detailed information refer you to the national societies page of your country.