Flat Foot Surgery
You should rest at home for one-two weeks following the procedure. Light exercise can start from six weeks but high impact should not be carried out until three months following the procedure.
This procedure is sometimes carried out alongside a gastrocnemius recession.
Following the surgery you will be placed in a cast to wear for 4 – 6 weeks, this will be followed by the use of an Aircast boot for a further 2 – 4 weeks.
A return to sports can take up to 6 months.
This procedure may be arranged alongside additional surgeries, such as the tendon transfer, gastrocnemius recession and midfoot fusion.
For dropped foot and high arched feet with unstable ankles, a range of tendon transfers are performed dependent on case by case.
As part of the flat foot correction when the tibialis posterior tendon fails, an incision is made from the inner ankle so both tendons are exposed. The damaged section of the posterior tibial tendon is removed and replaced with a section of the flexor digitorum longus tendon, this is then sutured into place. The procedure is often carried out alongside a calcaneal osteotomy, gastrocnemius recession or midfoot fusion.
You will require a cast for the first two weeks and will then start to use an Aircast boot for a further four weeks. At two weeks postoperative you should be able to return to sedentary work. Return to sports typically takes 6 months.
You should rest at home for two-four weeks following surgery. Initially you will require a splint for the first two weeks, this will be followed by four weeks in a cast and then the use of an Aircast boot for a further four weeks.
This procedure may be carried out alongside additional surgery, such as the gastrocnemius recession, tendon transfer or calcaneal osteotomy.