Boca Podiatry Foot Surgery

Paul A. Sommer, DPM Associate American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

We prefer to treat foot problems non-surgically, however, some problems will not improve and will require an operation.

Dr Sommer will explain the procedure so you will know what to expect.

A local anesthetic may be used for most minor procedures which are done in the office. Other surgeries are performed at the Delray or Boca Out-Patient Surgical Center.

Some of the common foot problems that can be successfully treated with surgery are outlined below:

Bunion - A bunion refers to the bony prominence on the side of the big toe. This often results in a painful enlargement of the joint located at the base of the big toe. Surgery to remove the bony prominence is called a bunionectomy. Dr Sommer will choose and perform the right procedure for your individual problem.

Arthritis in the big toe - Arthritis in the big toe joint can cause pain and loss of motion. Walking requires the big toe to bend upwards. Without this movement the big toe joint wears out or may even seize up completely. Dr Sommer can treat this using a variety of surgical techniques. The most severely affected joints often require a replacement artificial joint or fusion (surgical stiffening).

Hammer, Mallet and Claw toes are usually caused by tendon or joint imbalance. Hammer toes can be painful and unsightly. Dr Sommer can correct these deformities under a local Anesthetic. Surgery to correct the hammer, mallet or claw toe deformity will usually permanently cure the formation of painful corns on skin overlying these joints.

Plantar Corns - When your corns cannot be resolved with conservative treatment, they may be permanently removed. Often there is an underlying bony abnormality that needs to be addressed. Corns under the foot often result from a prominent metatarsal bone. Dr Sommer will choose the right operation to elevate the metatarsal so that the corn no longer forms.

Neuromas - If you have an enlarged nerve, usually between the 3rd and 4th toes caused by nerve irritation and entrapment between bones, surgery may be required. Dr Sommer routinely removes neuromas under local Anesthetic. Delicate surgical techniques generally result in permanent resolution of this sometimes extremely painful condition.

Bone spurs are an excessive growth of bone causing pain or limitation of movement. Spurs can develop at the edges of joints, tendons and ligaments. Dr Sommer can usually remove your bone spurs using a local Anesthetic.

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