How do the feet and ankles work?
Our feet are made up of 26 bones and more than 33 joints arranged in columns and arches that vary in stiffness and flexibility. A number of problems can occur in this complex structure. Read more
Do I need foot and ankle surgery?
The decision whether to operate depends on how bad your symptoms are and your response to other treatments, including drugs, orthoses and special footwear. Read more
What are the common types of foot and ankle surgery?
Conditions that may need surgery include bunions and hammer toes, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendon disorders and plantar fasciitis. Read more
What are the possible advantages of foot and ankle surgery?
The main advantages of foot and ankle surgery are usually pain relief and improved function and mobility. Read more
What are the possible disadvantages of foot and ankle surgery?
As with any surgery, results can vary from person to person and there can occasionally be complications. Read more
What are the alternatives to foot and ankle surgery?
Alternatives to foot and ankle surgery may include exercise, footcare, drug treatment and specially modified shoes. Read more
What are the possible complications of foot and ankle surgery?
Complications of foot and ankle surgery can include infections, swelling and stiffness, and wound haematoma (bleeding). Read more
How should I prepare for foot and ankle surgery?
Before your surgery, your doctor or nurse will check your general health and give you information about preparing for surgery. Ask about any possible changes to your medication and any other questions you may have. Read more
What will my recovery from foot and ankle surgery involve?
This will vary depending on the type of operation and your general health, so ask your surgeon what to expect. Planning ahead will make things easier when you get home. Read more
Research and new developments for foot and ankle surgery
Current research includes looking into the outcomes of ankle replacement surgery compared to arthrodesis (where the ankle joint is fixed surgically so that it no longer moves). Read more