A foot injury can be the result of a fall, overuse, medical condition, or accident. Depending on how severe the injury or condition is, a foot injury or condition can be completely debilitating. Regardless of the cause of the foot condition or injury, foot surgery may be required.
Foot surgery, also called podiatric surgery, is a type of medical procedure performed on a person’s foot. When a foot condition does not respond to traditional medical treatment, a podiatrist may determine surgery is needed.
Foot surgery may be conducted to alleviate pain or restore some or all function in a person’s foot. Some foot surgeries may take several weeks (or longer) to recover from.
Are There Different Types of Foot Surgery?
There are several different types of podiatric surgery that can be performed. The type of foot surgery performed depends on the specific medical condition or injury that it is meant to correct. The most common foot surgeries are:
- Fusion surgery to remove cartilage from a joint and fuse two or more bones together to prevent them from moving;
- Metatarsal surgery, which is commonly done to redistribute weight on the ball of a person’s foot;
- Tendon surgery to correct acute injuries such as ruptures or to change the length of a tendon;
- Hammer toe surgery to remove a portion of a person’s toe bone to realign the toe;
- Bunion surgery to remove the bunion;
- Reconstructive surgery to repair function or regain stability;
- Heel surgery to provide pain relief and restore mobility;
- Neuroma surgery to remove a benign tumor on a person’s nerve in the foot; and
- Various other types of foot surgery.
Can Medical Malpractice Happen during a Foot Surgery?
Absolutely — medical malpractice is a type of personal injury claim allowing a patient to sue a surgeon or other medical professional for the negligence during the surgery. The negligence causes an additional injury to the patient’s foot.
Podiatric surgery malpractice is surgical malpractice that occurs during foot surgery. The common types of podiatric surgery malpractice are:
- Providing improper treatment
- Committing a surgical error such as accidentally leaving a medical tool inside the body
- Using an improper surgical technique
- Misdiagnosing a foot condition
- Performing unnecessary surgery
How Can I Prove Medical Malpractice Happened in My Foot Surgery?
In order to prove that the surgeon is liable for medical malpractice, the patient suing a foot surgeon must show:
- The surgeon owed the patient a duty to exhibit proper surgical care;
- The surgeon breached that duty;
- The breach caused an additional injury to the patient; and
- The additional injury has led to damages for the plaintiff, such as additional medical bills or lost wages.
Should I Contact an Attorney about My Surgical Injury?
Surgical errors can be complex and may form the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit. It may be beneficial for you to contact a personal injury attorney for help with your potential claim. Your attorney can provide you with guidance for your case.