Podiatric surgery is the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related lower extremity structures by an accredited and qualified foot specialist (podiatric surgeon). We believe at Procare that our expert podiatric surgeon provides the most patient-centred foot surgery Perth has to offer.
Common conditions podiatric surgeons treat include:
- Structural deformities such as bunion, hammertoe (also known as claw or mallet toe), tailor’s bunion etc.
- Bone spurs/heel pain.
- Nerve entrapment syndromes.
- Skin and nail disorders.
- Tendon and soft tissue disorders.
- Degenerative joint diseases.
- Inflammatory joint diseases.
Fully Qualified Foot Doctor in Perth
Dr Ji Soo Kim is a fully qualified foot doctor and has been treating foot pain Perth wide for many years; he also has a special interest in performing bunion surgery. When performing bunion surgery, there are many important biomechanical factors such as the intermetatarsal angle, the metatarsal declination angle, the importance of first metatarsal pronation and the first metatatarsal dorsiflexion stiffness. Dr Ji Soo Kim will take these biomechanical factors into consideration during surgery and therefore reduce a risk of recurrence of bunion deformity.
Contact Procare Podiatric Medicine and Surgery today to make an appointment with Dr Ji Soo Kim.
Hallux Valgus (Bunion)
A bunion is a bump on the joint at the base of big toe known as first metatarsophalangeal joint (1st MPJ), that occurs when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. It is a progressive structural deformity gradually changing angle or the bones over years and slowly producing prominent characteristic bump at the big toe joint (1st MPJ).
Hallux Limitus (Big Toe Joint Arthritis)
Hallux limitus refers to a condition where big toe joint (first MPJ) lost its range of motion. Hallux limitus encompasses mild to severe degenerative changes in the first MPJ and symptoms varies from mild to disabling. As our big toe joint plays an important role in walking, the limited motion of first MPJ may impact on normal forward gait movement which may lead to more proximal symptoms such as knee, hip or back pain.
Hammer Toe Deformity
Hammer toe (also known as claw or mallet toe), are all variations that can happen to the small toes. They are slightly different in joint involvements.
The main problem with deformed toes is that they tend to rub on shoes and this may simply be uncomfortable or the skin may be rubbed raw and this may result in ulcers. Bent toes may also rub on one anther or on the big toe if there is a concurrent bunion deformity.
If the MTP joint is bent upwards, the toe may press down and cause pain in the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia).
A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue and Morton’s neuroma is a swollen, inflamed common digital nerve located between the bones at the ball of the foot. The most common location is in second (between second and third metatarsal), and third (between third and fourth metatarsals) spaces. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot and sometimes the pain radiates to the toes.
Tailor’s Bunion (Bunionette)
Tailor’s bunion is similar to bunion deformity but it develops on the opposite side of the foot over 5th metatarsophalangeal joint (5th MPJ). This produces a painful pressure area and its symptoms include pressure pain, painful callous formation and difficulty wearing shoes.