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What Conditions Can Foot and Ankle Surgery Alleviate?

Your feet and ankles form the foundation for your stance, gait and ambulation. When they experience pain, swelling or other symptoms that interfere with daily activities, your Tampa, FL podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists provide exceptional foot and ankle care.

Treatment options such as orthotics, exercise, anti-inflammatory and pain medications are sometimes insufficient to achieve good quality of life. That’s when surgery becomes the best option to return your feet and ankles to optimal health, form and function.

Foot and Ankle Surgery Alleviates Many Conditions

Drs. Brandi Johnson and Mark Leitner are Tampa podiatrists highly skilled in many types of foot and ankle surgery. While surgery is not always the first choice, it is sometimes necessary. Trust the quality expertise of the doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists to guide your best treatment. The following are some common types of foot and ankle surgeries.

Fusion Surgery

A common treatment for advanced arthritis of the foot and ankle, fusion surgery involves fusing bones together with pins, screws or plates. A fused joint no longer bends, but is less painful.


A bunion is a large bulge at the big toe joint on the side of the foot. Bunions can bend the big toe inward, causing pain, swelling, and friction inside the shoe. A bunionectomy removes deformed bone and soft tissue and realigns the joint. Often, foot doctors perform bunionectomies in the office with local anesthesia.

Tendon Surgery

Fibrous connective tissues called tendons aid in the operation of feet and ankles. They are subject to injuries such as rupture and tearing. Tendon surgery repairs these problems, and may reroute the structure or even lengthen or shorten it depending on patient need.

Neuroma Removal

Neuromas are non-cancerous swellings located at the top of the metatarsal, or long, bones of the foot. Surgery removes the nerve tissue, relieving pain and pressure. Often, the surgery leaves some numbness in the foot.

Heel Surgery

The two primary types of heel surgery are plantar fascia release and heel spur removal. Spurs are bony prominences at the end of the heel bone. Common and very painful, heel spurs respond to conservative therapies and to surgery.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. In this surgery, your Tampa podiatrist will cut a notch in the plantar fascia to relieve tension and discomfort.

Reconstructive Surgery

When accident or congenital defect impair function and form, foot doctors perform individualized surgeries such as bone grafts, joint implantation, and even amputations to achieve long-term limb and overall health.

Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists

Great foot care begins with an evaluation by your Tampa podiatrists. Drs. Johnson and Leitner  treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, from simple toenail fungus to skin cancer of the foot. Call today for your consultation: (813) 571-2977.

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