There are some health conditions where surgery may be necessary to relieve foot pain. MaineHealth has providers and specialists with skill and expertise to care for your feet and get you moving pain-free.
What is forefoot surgery?
The forefoot is the part of the foot just under the toes, commonly referred to as the ball of the foot. Sometimes foot problems do not get better. Foot problems may cause pain and deformity. Surgery may be advised by your provider as treatment.
Conditions that forefoot surgery treats include:
What are the symptoms of a forefoot health condition?
Depending on the type of problem in the forefoot, you may notice some or all of the following symptoms:
- Pain and difficulty walking
- Deformities (toes bending strangely, lumps growing on the sides of the foot)
Diagnosing forefoot problems
To decide if you need forefoot surgery, a podiatrist or other specialty doctor will examine your foot and talk with you about your symptoms and lifestyle.
Your doctor will ask about your medical history, existing medical conditions, allergies, and current medications. Your doctor also may use an X-ray or other imaging test to look inside the foot and see if surgery will help the problem and improve the symptoms.