Q. Can flat feet be repaired by surgery? I have flat feet and I’m looking for all sorts of treatments for it- I heard there is a surgery for it- is it helpful? A. As far as I know- they don’t treat flat feet that are asymptomatic. So first of all check if it bothers you. secondly there are 2 kinds of flat feet- rigid and flexible. There are different and treated differently. Not always a surgery (which is very painful and costly) is needed– I went to a Rolf method therapist by the advice of my orthopedic and it’s much better now. Ask an orthopedic.
Fusion/Arthrodesis of the big toe joint is a common procedure indicated where the arthritis in the joint is advanced and the pain significant. The procedure involes removing the arthritic joint and fusing the bones together using an internal plate or screws. This will bring about pain relief but the joint will be fused and not move. For some people, especially women who like to wear high heels there may be some difficulty with accommodating this type of foot wear but in normal shoes the foot copes well and the outcome of this surgery is normally good.