Endoscopic surgery is just one of the many surgery techniques done on the foot. Many people don’t realize it, but there are hundreds of different kinds of foot operations performed every day.
Endoscopic surgery is helping many patients get their feet repaired with much quicker recovery time. In many cases, it can be completed on an outpatient basis. This is very important, because we need the support of our feet for everything we do, and when you have foot pain, it can affect your lifestyle.
How is Endoscopic Surgery Done on the Foot?
Any endoscopic surgery is done by using an endoscope. An endoscope is an instrument (similar to an arthroscope) hollow, thin, flexible tube that makes use of a lens or miniature camera to visually examine the interior. Examining the body with an endoscope is referred to as an endoscopy.
The surgeon can see the exact area where the damage has occurred in the foot, and repair it with the help from what is seen through the endoscope.
The most common endoscopic surgery done on the foot happens in the heel. Most heel injuries can be treated by many other options if they are taken care of early. However, once the heel injury becomes chronic, surgery is often required. Endoscopic surgery is less invasive and traumatic than other types of surgery.
A portion of the ligament (plantar fascia) is released on the bottom of the foot, which helps to relieve pressure from the ligament that is affecting the bone. Other areas where endoscopic surgery can be performed is for removal of bone spurs in various parts of the foot and ankle. We can also do tendon lengthening utilizing an endoscopic technique.
InMotion Foot and Ankle Specialists can inform you about endoscopic surgery and other forms of treatment. Make sure you get together with your podiatrist to find out every option that you have.