Reconstructive Surgery Specialist

Family Foot Care

Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Berkeley Heights, NJ & Hackettstown, NJ

Although most foot problems respond to conservative care quite well, serious problems with foot structure, such as hammertoe and bunions, can require a surgical approach. At Family Foot Care, Gary Quartello, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist, uses the skills and knowledge developed over 30-plus years of practice to design the ideal reconstructive surgery for you. There are two office locations in Berkeley Heights and Hackettstown, New Jersey, so reach out to either by phone or through online scheduling to book your consultation today.

Reconstructive Surgery Q&A

When does a bunion require reconstructive surgery?

If your bunion doesn't respond to conservative care, or if it returns following a bunion removal procedure, Dr. Quartello at Family Foot Care might recommend reconstructive foot surgery. Reconstructive bunion surgery is more complex than a standard surgical bunion removal because it involves both removing the bony bump and all of the following as needed:

  • Realigning tendons
  • Restoring ligament position
  • Restoring muscle position
  • Shifting bone

The goal of reconstructive foot surgery for a bunion is to fully correct the structural issues leading to your bunion deformity. This restores your foot balance and allows you to reclaim normal foot function and appearance.

When do I need reconstructive surgery for hammertoe?

If you have a flexible hammertoe, which means your middle toe joint is contracted but still movable, conservative care is often sufficient. But, untreated flexible hammertoe can become rigid hammertoe in which you can’t move the joint at all. 

In addition to the pain of a frozen joint, rigid hammertoe often causes painful open sores on the tops of the toes. If you have treatment-resistant flexible hammertoe or rigid hammertoe, Dr. Quartello may recommend reconstructive surgery to restore your toe joint and surrounding tissue to normal. 

In a reconstructive hammertoe surgery, Dr. Quartello can reposition, resect, and fuse the joint as needed. He can also perform a tendon transfer to help reposition your toe and relieve hammertoe pain. 

Hammertoe often occurs alongside other foot problems, like bunions. Dr. Quartello can correct a hammertoe and other foot deformities during the same foot reconstructive procedure if needed. 

What happens after foot reconstructive surgery?

Every foot reconstructive surgery is different, so Dr. Quartello gives you personalized recovery instructions. You typically wear a support device of some type, such as a brace, during recovery. Dr. Quartello tells you when it’s safe to start weight-bearing. 

Because Dr. Quartello uses the latest technology and most advanced surgical techniques, you can expect a rapid recovery in most cases. After your recovery, it’s important to follow advice about protecting your feet, especially the reconstructed joints, to avoid a recurrence. 

For foot reconstructive surgery from an esteemed podiatric surgeon with three decades of experience, call Family Foot Care, or book online now.