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How to Know If It's Time for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery

If you’re suffering from chronic foot pain or a deformity that isn’t improving with corrective devices or physical therapy, it may be time to consider minimally invasive foot surgery. For many of our patients, this type of treatment can reduce discomfort and restore function with less risk of complications than conventional foot surgery, which involves a large, or open, incision.  

Minimally invasive foot surgery includes the use of specialized instruments that allow us to accomplish surgical tasks through small keyhole incisions. When compared to open incision surgery, minimally invasive foot surgery involves smaller cuts and less damage to surrounding skin tissue. This typically results in shorter operative times and less blood loss.

After surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive foot surgery usually experience less postoperative pain and an easier recovery than those who undergo open incision techniques.

At ToeOp in Tomball, Texas, minimally invasive surgery specialist Jeremy Moran, DPM, uses these innovative techniques to treat a wide range of foot problems. Dr. Moran has the expertise necessary to determine when your condition requires surgical intervention. With extensive surgical experience, Dr. Moran can perform the procedure you need to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Minimally invasive foot surgery can resolve many foot problems and help you return to a normal life. Find out if it’s time to consider this type of treatment for your symptoms. 

Toenail fungus

You may benefit from minimally invasive foot surgery if you have an advanced case of toenail fungus or another type of nail infection that doesn’t improve with oral antibiotics or topical treatment. 

Toenail removal is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves the removal of your toenail from your nail bed. By removing the diseased nail, Dr. Moran can apply the appropriate medication directly to the nail bed to eradicate the infection. 

Ingrown or damaged toenails

Ingrown toenails that become tender, swollen, or red can indicate signs of an infection. Toenail infections require medical intervention because they can spread to your bones without proper treatment. You can get relief from painful or infected ingrown toenails by toenail removal with minimally invasive foot surgery.  

Dr. Moran may also advise toenail removal for recurring ingrown toenails or toenails cracked or damaged beyond repair. Removing the misshapen or damaged nail with minimally invasive foot surgery allows a new, healthy nail to grow to replace it. 

Bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes

Bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes occur as deformities of your toes and feet. If these conditions don’t respond to conservative treatments, they can worsen over time causing painful walking and limiting mobility. Minimally invasive foot surgery can correct any of these problems when pain medication, custom orthotics, or prescribed exercises don’t work.

Dr. Moran uses minimally invasive foot surgery to treat these conditions by removing the protruding bone and realigning your toes and foot to a normal position. The results can relieve pain and restore painless mobility.

Diabetic ulcers 

Minimally invasive surgery can provide valuable relief if you suffer from recurring diabetic foot ulcers related to diabetic neuropathy. The ulcers result from placing too much pressure on the balls of your feet because the neuropathy causes an unsteady gait. But with less sensation in your feet, you’re unlikely to notice foot ulcers, and they become infected. Recurring infected foot ulcers increases your risk of needing an amputation. 

Minimally invasive foot surgery that lengthens the Achilles’ tendons can reduce the risk of these types of wounds. The surgery shifts the pressure from the ball of your foot to your heel, where ulcers are less likely to occur. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs as a result of inflammation of the thick band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs from your heel to your toes under your foot. You may require minimally invasive surgery if treatments like rest, taping, and stretching don’t relieve the immobilizing heel pain of this condition. Minimally invasive surgery can provide relief by relieving tension in the affected plantar fascia.


Neuromas occur as pinched nerves or benign nerve tumors in your feet. The condition typically causes pain, swelling, or burning on the ball of the affected foot. When treatments like rest, shoe changes, and medication don’t provide enough relief for normal movement, you may find relief with minimally invasive foot surgery. This procedure, called decompression, releases a ligament adjacent to the nerve and can often provide immediate relief. 

Find out if minimally invasive foot surgery can relieve your foot problems and improve your life. To schedule an appointment, call our office today.

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