31017 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071 | (248) 585-1177
13650 10 Mile Rd South Lyon, MI 48178-9143 | (248) 486-1177
4123 Martin Rd Ste 101 Commerce Township, MI 48390-4117 | (248) 363-3777
1501 N Milford Rd Milford, MI 48381-1024 | (248) 676-2080
89 West South Boulevard, Suite 500 Troy, MI 48085 | 248-509-7086

Flatfoot Correction

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Adult-acquired flatfoot or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction usually leads to a gradual loss of the arch. The posterior tibial muscle is a deep muscle in the back of the calf and has a long tendon that extends from above the ankle and attaches into several sites around the arch of the foot. The muscle acts like a stirrup on the inside of the foot to help support the arch. The posterior tibial muscle stabilizes the arch and creates a rigid platform for walking and running. If the posterior tibial tendon becomes damaged or tears, the arch loses its stability and as a result, collapses, causing a flatfoot.

Surgery is often performed to give the patient a more functional and stable foot. Several procedures may be required to correct a flatfoot deformity, depending on the severity of the problem. These may include:

  • Tenosynovectomy—a procedure to clean away (debridement) and remove any of the inflamed tissue around the tendon.
  • Osteotomy—removal of a portion of the heel bone (calcaneus) to move the foot structure back into alignment.
  • Tendon Transfer—in which replacement fibers from another tendon are inserted to help repair damage.
  • Lateral Column Lengthening—A procedure that implants a small piece of bone, usually removed from the hip, outside of the heel bone to create the proper bone alignment and rebuild the arch.
  • Arthrodesis—Fusing of one or more bones together to eliminate any joint movement, which stabilizes the foot and prevents any further deterioration or damage.

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Our Locations

31017 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 585-1177

13650 10 Mile Rd South Lyon, MI 48178-9143
(248) 486-1177

4123 Martin Rd Ste 101 Commerce Township, MI 48390-4117
(248) 363-3777

1501 N Milford Rd Milford, MI 48381-1024
(248) 676-2080

89 West South Boulevard, Suite 500 Troy, MI 48085
(248) 509-7086