Flatfoot is a condition that involves the loss of the arch of the foot. In some cases, patients are born with flatfoot. In other cases, as with adult acquired flatfoot or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, the condition develops gradually.
In many cases, flatfoot can be corrected with medication, physical therapy and supportive bracing. In some cases, however, surgery is necessary to correct the deformity.
Flatfoot correction surgery can involve a number of different types of procedures. In some patients, a surgeon will remove the inflamed tissue and repair the damaged tendon, stabilizing the arch. In other cases, bone fusion may be necessary. The goal of flatfoot correction surgery is to stabilize the arch, relieve pain and restore mobility.