What is Metatarsal Surgery?
Metatarsal surgery is a surgical procedure performed on the metatarsal bones, the long bones in the feet that connect to the toe bones. It is usually performed to correct a bunion deformity and is mainly done on the first metatarsal bone behind the big toe. Surgery on the second to fifth metatarsal bones is usually performed to treat callouses or ulcers at the bottom of the foot.
Anatomy of Metatarsal Bones
Indications of Metatarsal Surgery
- Injury to metatarsal bones (fracture)
- Callouses formed by the abnormal alignment of metatarsal bones which can increase pressure over certain areas
- Ulcers which can form under excessive pressure in diabetic patients
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Preparing for Metatarsal Surgery
- Discontinue the consumption of anti-inflammatory medicines a week before surgery to prevent excessive bleeding.
- If you have any fever or infection, report it to your surgeon.
- For a better understanding of the procedure, enquire about its risks and benefits from your doctor.
- Quit smoking or alcohol consumption if applicable to reduce the risk of infection and delayed healing.
- Do not eat or drink six hours before surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting shorts or pants for comfort.
Procedure for Metatarsal Surgery
Post-operative Care for Metatarsal Surgery
Risks and Complications of Metatarsal Surgery
- Infection at the incision or in the bone
- Failure in the healing of the bone
- Fractures in nearby metatarsal bones due to stress
- Development of new callouses
- Swelling of the foot