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Midfoot fusion

Find out what happens during a midfoot fusion, how it can improve your range of motion and what to expect from your recovery

When the joints in the middle of your foot become arthritic, your foot becomes painful and walking can become difficult. A midfoot fusion is when the bones in your midfoot are fused together.

As a result of the surgery, these joints will become rigid and your pain will be improved. The loss of movement in the joints is not noticeable as these joints normally have very little movement.

The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic and you will require an overnight stay in hospital. Incisions are made over the top of your foot as required for access to the joints affected.

The surfaces are then removed from these joints which are then placed into their correct positions and held together with screws, plates, and/or staples.

For the first few weeks following surgery you will need to elevate your foot as much as possible to reduce swelling. This will both make the foot more comfortable and help the wounds to heal.

After the operation, you will not be able to put weight through your foot for two weeks. At two weeks, you will have your stitches removed and you will be placed in a light-weight cast. Using crutches, for six weeks you can place about half your weight through this cast when walking.

At eight weeks after surgery, you will be placed in a removable boot to walk in for four more weeks and will be able to put all your weight through this boot. At three months following surgery, you will be able to return to normal shoe wear. The swelling can take from six months to a year to completely resolve.

Specialists offering Midfoot fusion

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Miss Vigdis Thorisdottir

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

St Edmunds Hospital

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Mr Rajeev Suneja

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), MSc (Tr), FRCS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

The Alexandra Hospital

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Professor Roslyn Miller

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Albyn Hospital 2 more Kings Park Hospital Ross Hall Hospital

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Miss Kom Muthusamy

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Ian Carmichael

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB FRSC(Ed) FRCS(Ed)(Tr & Orth) dipSEM(GB&I)

Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Adam Ajis

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Disorders of the Foot & Ankle

BMedSc(Hons Physiol) MBChB MRCSEd FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Goring Hall Hospital

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