Foot surgery is not often at the top of anyone’s cosmetic surgery wish list, but many patients are now seeking private foot surgery for both aesthetic and health reasons due to lengthy NHS waiting lists. At The Private Clinic we offer patients a minimally invasive solution to treating:
Bunions are a deformity of the foot that occurs around the big toe. Medically known as a hallux valgus, bunions present themselves as a bony lump protruding from the inner side of the foot. It can cause pain and discomfort as well as increasing in size over time and making you more prone to developing hard, callused skin and overlapping of the second toe.
Hammertoe can often be a result of an untreated bunion but they can also develop on their own. It is a deformity of the foot that causes your toe or toes to bend and curl downwards. Hammertoes can make it uncomfortable to walk or flex the foot and make you more prone to developing corns or calluses.
Clawtoes are similar to hammertoes however it affects two joints in the toe, instead of one. The toes bend downwards at the middle joint and at the joint nearest the tip of the toes then they also bend upwards at the joint where the toes and feet meet which causes the toe to form a claw-like position. Claw toes can cause you to develop corns, calluses and open sores which can make your feet very painful and uncomfortable when wearing shoes and walking.
Mallet toe is the name of a deformity which affects the joint closest to the tip of the toe. There are two variations of mallet toes: flexible and rigid. Rigid mallet toes are when the toes are frozen in position, but flexible mallet toes still allow movement. Mallet toes often cause corns, calluses, and ulcers as well as pain when wearing shoes and swelling.
A tailor’s bunion is similar to a standard bunion however a tailor’s bunion is located on the other side of the foot affecting the bone of the little toe. Tailor’s bunions can cause pain, swelling and redness and can make it uncomfortable to wear shoes and perform sporting activities without discomfort.
How to treat bunions, hammertoe, claw toe, mallet toe or tailor’s bunions?
One of the biggest factors when deciding to have surgery is downtime, and bunion surgery in particular is renowned for having lengthy recovery times. Our exclusive minimally invasive bunion procedure however is ideal for patients looking for quick results with minimal downtime.
Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon, Dr Bianchi has pioneered a revolutionary procedure that is performed via keyhole surgery and uses dental burrs to make geometric fractures which are then left to heal naturally without the use of any fixative devices such as screws, pins or plates. Patients are encourages to walk shortly after the procedure has taken place and many are able to return to work and their usual activities within 1-2 days post procedure. There is no need for bed rest and crutches as Dr Bianchi wants to encourage the foot to heal to the patient’s load-bearing needs.
Patients will need to wear an orthodontic shoe for 15-20 days post procedure until you have your post-op appointment. At this stage, if the surgeon is happy with your recovery, you will be able to wear wide fitting comfortable shoes for the rest of your recovery.
Many patients return to sports and exercise within 60 days.
The procedure for hammer toe, mallet toe, claw toe and tailor’s bunion all use the same exclusive technique with no screws or wires being used.
Surgery will take place in The Private Clinic’s privately owned state of the art surgical theatre located on Fitzroy Square, London.