Footsurgery News 4 Apr | '2019

Plantar Plate Tear (Brisbane/Gold Coast)

The plantar plate is a deep fibrocartilaginous structure which originates from metatarsal heads and attaches to the proximal phalanx through the joint capsule within the forefoot

Functions of the plantar plate

  • stabilize the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • assist in the windlass mechanism due to its attachment to the plantar fascia
  • resist hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • absorb compressive loads

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Footsurgery News 6 Feb | '2019

Minimally Invasive Flatfoot Surgery (HyproCure)


HyProCure is an extra-osseous talo-tarsal stabilisation (EOTTS) procedure designed to help people with symptomatic Pes planus(flat-foot) deformity.  This is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require cutting or drilling in the bones. A small titanium stent is placed into a naturally occurring space called sinus tarsi between the ankle and heel bone to instantly realign and stabilize the hindfoot.

Although HyProCure is usually performed as a stand-alone, single procedure, there may be additional surgical procedures required for more complex cases.

Am I a candidate for HyProCure procedure?

Symptomatic Pes Planus (also known as flatfeet) may cause many foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, painful heels/spurs, shin splints and other secondary issues such as knee pain, hip pain, lower back pain.

HyProCure can be considered in patients with symptomatic Pes Planus that have not responded well with conservative treatment such as custom-designed orthotics, physical therapy abd footwear/activity modifications.

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Footsurgery News 12 Oct | '2018

Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Foot Surgery

Podiatric foot and ankle surgeon Dr Kim brings significant advance for minimally invasive (keyhole) foot and ankle surgery to Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Minimally Invasive surgery has gained popularity in the field of foot and ankle surgery. Special surgical instruments/devices with advanced imaging techniques are used to visualise and perform various foot and ankle surgery through small incisions.

Because minimally invasive (keyhole) foot surgery, does not involve a long incision, it results in less trauma to the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the foot. In most cases, this results in less pain after foot surgery and a faster recovery.

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Footsurgery News 2 Sep | '2018

Surgery for Plantar fasciitis

Surgery for plantar fasciitis

Heel pain is one of the most common disorders that foot and ankles physicians treat and fortunately conservative treatment) is successful in roughly 90% of patients seeking treatment with plantar fasciitis.

When patients do not respond to conservative therapies, surgical options may be considered.  Surgical treatment for plantar fasciitis has been shown to be effective with good results throughout literature. (1-17)

Please note that surgery should be considered after 6 months of quality conservative treatment.

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Footsurgery News 4 Aug | '2018

Surgery for problems of the small toes

  1. What problems can happen to the small toes

The small toes are important in walking, especially when pushing off with the foot towards the next step. They share the pressure with the big toe and the ball of the foot. Toes become deformed when the pressures on the toe are stronger than their joints can resist. This may because the joints are weak or the pressures strong, or both.

The joints may be weak because they have been damaged by injury or arthritis. The muscles that control them may become unbalanced, so that one set pulls harder than others and causes the toe to bend. In some people the tissues in the lower part of the joint at the base of the toe (metatarsophalangeal joint or MTPJ) become weak, allowing the base of the toe to drift upwards and unbalancing it.

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Footsurgery News 13 Jul | '2018

Morton’s Neuroma: what do you need to know

  1. What is Morton’s neuroma?

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.

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Footsurgery News 14 Jun | '2018

What do you need to know about bunion surgery?

Do I need bunion surgery?

Although your surgeon has recommended an operation for your bunion to improve the function of your foot and reduce pain, it is your decision if you go ahead with the operation or not.

The bunion is often progressive and once the second toe overlies or underlies your first toe, additional operations are required to address the deformed lesser toes.

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Footsurgery News 30 Apr | '2018

Is bunion surgery painful?

Is bunion surgery painful? Bunion surgery is unlikely to be painful, as the use of minimal incision techniques and better medications given during the surgery, significantly reduce postoperative pain. Also, because you can walk straight after surgery, postoperative swelling is reduced. Read More

Footsurgery News 7 Mar | '2018

Bunion surgery: what is involved in a bunion operation

Bunion surgery can be performed safely as a day surgery procedure under either local anaesthetic, sedation and local anaesthetic or a full general anaesthetic. The benefits of day surgery are that your risk of infection is lower the sooner you leave hospital, and you are able to walk immediately following the procedure – although you do need to ensure the operated foot is elevated as much as possible in the first 48 hours.
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