Flat foot correction surgery, a specialty at LMD Podiatry under the expertise of Dr. Lauren Dabakaroff, can significantly enhance your quality of life. Understanding the surgical process, recovery timeline, and potential benefits is crucial for anyone considering this procedure. At our state-of-the-art facility, we employ advanced diagnostics and personalized care to ensure optimal outcomes. Whether addressing pediatric concerns or managing adult conditions like Achilles Tendonitis, our comprehensive approach prioritizes your foot health. For those dealing with flat foot, this surgery offers the promise of improved mobility and reduced pain, facilitating a more active and comfortable lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us at 954-680-7133. Have you been diagnosed with flat feet, and are you exploring surgical options to correct this condition? Flat foot correction surgery can significantly improve your quality of life, alleviating pain and improving foot functionality. This comprehensive guide will help you understand what to expect from the surgery, recovery process, and potential outcomes.

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What is Flat Foot?

Flat foot, also known as pes planus, is a condition where the arch of your foot collapses, resulting in the entire sole coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. It can be congenital or develop over time due to factors like injury, aging, or obesity.

Types of Flat Foot

Flat foot can be broadly categorized into two types:

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Symptoms and Diagnosis

Flat feet can lead to various symptoms, including pain, swelling, and problems with foot mobility. Diagnosing flat foot usually involves physical examinations and imaging tests like X-rays or MRI.

Common Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms include:

Diagnostic Procedures

To diagnose flat foot, Dr. Lauren Dabakaroff, a board-certified specialist at LMD Podiatry, might utilize several diagnostic procedures:

Treatment Options

Before diving into surgical options, it’s essential to explore non-surgical treatments, such as orthotics, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. However, when these do not provide adequate relief, surgery may be recommended.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Surgical Options

Flat foot correction surgery aims to recreate the arch and re-align foot structures. Various surgical techniques are employed depending on the condition’s severity and specific needs.

Types of Flat Foot Surgery

Understanding the different types of flat foot surgery can help you know what to expect. Here are some of the most common procedures:

Tendon Transfer

A tendon transfer involves taking a healthy tendon from another part of your foot or body and using it to replace a damaged or dysfunctional tendon. This helps in restoring arch formation and relieving pain.


Osteotomy is a surgical procedure that involves cutting and repositioning bones to correct foot alignment. It is often combined with other surgical techniques for better results.


Arthrodesis, or joint fusion, may be recommended for severe cases. By fusing the bones of the affected joint, the foot can achieve proper alignment and stability.

Lateral Column Lengthening

This involves lengthening the outside part of your foot to correct any deformities in the arch. It usually requires bone grafting from another part of your body.

Medializing Calcaneal Osteotomy

In this procedure, the heel bone (calcaneus) is cut and shifted towards the inner side of the foot to realign the arch and improve foot function.

The Surgical Procedure

Understanding the detailed steps involved in flat foot correction surgery can help set realistic expectations. The specific steps may vary based on the type of surgery, but the general process remains similar.

Pre-operative Preparations

Prior to surgery, Dr. Dabakaroff may recommend stopping certain medications and advise on fasting protocols. Pre-operative instructions could include:

During the Surgery

The surgery generally involves the following stages:

  1. Anesthesia: Administering general or regional anesthesia for pain management.
  2. Incision: Making an incision along the side of the foot.
  3. Procedure: Performing the necessary surgical technique, such as tendon transfer or osteotomy.
  4. Closure: Closing the incision with sutures and applying a sterile dressing.

Post-operative Care

Immediate post-operative care is crucial for a successful recovery. This includes:

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recovery from flat foot correction surgery can be a lengthy process, often taking several months. However, with proper care and rehabilitation, most patients achieve significant improvement.

Initial Recovery Phase

Rehabilitation Phase

Nutrition and Lifestyle

A balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals can significantly aid the healing process. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption to enhance recovery.

Risks and Complications

Like any surgery, flat foot correction surgery comes with potential risks and complications. It’s crucial to weigh these against the expected benefits.

Common Risks

Post-operative Complications

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Benefits of Flat Foot Correction Surgery

The potential benefits of flat foot correction surgery often outweigh the risks, particularly for those experiencing severe symptoms. Here’s what successful surgery can offer you:

Pain Relief

One of the most immediate benefits is the significant reduction in foot and lower body pain, allowing you to resume daily activities without discomfort.

Improved Mobility

Correction of the deformity often leads to enhanced foot function and mobility, enabling more efficient and comfortable movement.

Enhanced Quality of Life

With reduced pain and improved mobility, your overall quality of life significantly improves, enabling you to participate more actively in physical and social activities.

Alternative Treatments

If surgery seems daunting, there are alternative treatments worth considering. Though they may not offer a permanent solution, they can manage symptoms effectively.

Custom Orthotics

Customized shoe inserts can provide arch support and alleviate pain. They are particularly useful for mild to moderate cases of flat foot.

Physical Therapy

A structured physical therapy program can strengthen muscles and improve foot alignment. It might include exercises, stretches, and manual therapies.


Over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription anti-inflammatory drugs can manage pain and discomfort, especially during flare-ups.

Lifestyle Modifications

Activities like swimming and cycling are gentle on the feet and can help maintain fitness without exacerbating flat foot symptoms. Weight management also plays a crucial role.

When to Consider Surgery

It’s essential to consult with Dr. Lauren Dabakaroff at LMD Podiatry to determine the best course of action. Here are some indicators that surgery might be necessary:

Persistent Pain

If non-surgical treatments haven’t relieved your pain, surgery could be a viable option for lasting relief.

Severe Deformity

Significant deformity affecting your daily activities and foot function may require surgical intervention to restore proper alignment.

Failed Conservative Treatments

When orthotics, physical therapy, and medications fail to provide the desired relief, surgery often becomes the next logical step.

How to Prepare for Surgery

Proper preparation for flat foot correction surgery can significantly impact the success of the procedure and your recovery.

Medical Clearance

Obtain medical clearance from your healthcare provider, ensuring you’re fit for surgery. This might involve blood tests, EKG, and medical history.

Pre-Surgical Consultation

In your consultation with Dr. Dabakaroff, discuss:

Home Preparation

Prepare your home for your return by:

Financial Considerations

Understanding the financial aspects of flat foot correction surgery can help you plan better.

Insurance Coverage

Check with your insurance provider to determine what aspects of the surgery are covered. Many insurance plans cover medically necessary surgeries.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Some costs might not be covered, such as specific medical devices or extended physical therapy. Discuss potential out-of-pocket expenses with your healthcare provider.

Payment Plans

LMD Podiatry may offer financing options to make the procedure more accessible. Explore these options during your consultation.

Cost Breakdown

ComponentEstimated Cost
Surgical Fees$5,000 – $10,000
Anesthesia Fees$1,000 – $2,000
Hospital/Facility Fees$3,000 – $5,000
Post-Operative Care$500 – $1,000
Physical Therapy$100 – $200 per session
Orthotics (if needed)$200 – $800

Post-Surgical Care and Long-term Management

The post-surgical period is critical for long-term success. Adhering to post-operative care instructions can make a significant difference.

Initial Post-Op Care

Long-term Care

Final Thoughts

Flat foot correction surgery offers substantial benefits for those suffering from severe pain and mobility issues due to flat feet. With advanced medical care under the guidance of experts like Dr. Lauren Dabakaroff at LMD Podiatry, you can look forward to a significant improvement in your quality of life.

If you’re considering this surgery, consult with a qualified specialist to assess your condition and explore the most suitable treatment options. Call LMD Podiatry at 954-680-7133 to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free, active lifestyle.

By thoroughly understanding what to expect from flat foot correction surgery, you are better prepared to make an informed decision that aligns with your health goals.

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