This page will give you information about foot arthritis surgery. If you have any questions, you should ask your GP or other relevant health professional.

What is Arthritis?

A condition causing painful inflammation and stiffness of joints.

What are the Benefits of Surgery?

Surgery for foot arthritis includes joint preserving surgery to help reduce symptoms or more definitive procedures to remove the arthritic surfaces generally a fusion but in some instances joint replacement surgery.

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Are There Any Alternatives to Surgery?

Shoe wear advice can be given dependent upon the site of arthritis and insoles can be of benefit.

Localised injections of steroid or hyaluronic acid type injections can reduce arthritic pain.

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The Procedure

What Does the Operation Involve?

Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. This will be specific to the arthritic area and surgical procedure. It is likely that for the first 2 weeks you will need to be at home and elevating your leg to reduce swelling. You may have a plaster, surgical shoe or boot and advise will be given as to how much weight to place on your foot and for how long.

What Complications Can Happen?

General Complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Difficulty passing urine

Specific Complications

  • Damage to nerves
  • Problems with bone healing
  • Later removal of metalwork
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of your foot (complex regional pain syndrome)

Following Surgery

How Soon Will I Recover?

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after. The length of recovery depends upon the site and nature of the foot surgery. Swelling can take many months to go down.


If you have arthritis that is causing pain or stiffness then you may benefit from a discussion as to the non-surgical and surgical options of treatment.

If you would like to receive more information on Foot Arthritis Surgery at New Victoria Hospital, please contact us on 020 8949 9020 or:

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Mr Pal. Ramesh

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