Podiatric Surgery

Get back on your feet with podiatric surgery at Essentia Health. You’ll gain access to experts with years of training in foot and ankle surgery. Trust our experienced team to help you achieve the best results from care.

Surgical Treatments

Whenever possible, your podiatry surgeon will take a minimally invasive approach that uses small incisions. This means you’ll recover faster with less pain and scarring. Below are the more common procedures we perform.

  • Ankle arthroscopy – Requires a tiny camera and only a small incision for doctors to treat a variety of ankle problems
  • Ankle stabilization – Repairs torn ligaments after a sprain
  • Bone spur surgery – Removes a bony, painful growth on the foot
  • Bunionectomy – Removes a bony, painful bump on the big toe, and straightens out the big toe
  • Clubfoot repair – Straightens a child’s foot
  • Debridement – Takes out unhealthy tissue so a diabetic foot ulcer or another foot wound can heal
  • Flatfoot reconstruction – Eases pain and helps your foot work better if its arches are too low
  • Fracture repair – Puts a broken foot or ankle bone back in place so it can heal
  • Hammer, claw, or mallet toe surgery – Makes a toe look right and feel better
  • Ingrown toenail surgery – Takes out part of a toenail poking into the skin
  • Neuroma excision – Removes a swollen nerve to relieve pain
  • Plantar fasciotomy – Releases tissue to relieve plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon repair – Puts a torn tendon back together
  • Toe amputation – Removes a badly infected part of the toe
  • Partial foot amputation - Removes a badly infected part of the foot

Total Ankle Replacement

If your ankle arthritis pain won’t go away, ask your podiatrist about total ankle replacement surgery. This procedure exchanges your worn-out joint for a long-lasting artificial one. Afterward, you should feel less pain and be able to move your ankle up and down.

What's the Best Advice to Follow When Selecting Footwear?

Shopping for new shoes? Learn what to look for to help keep your feet and ankles feeling good.

What Is the Best Advice to Follow When Selecting Footwear? Video Transcript

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The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health. Dr. Jared Aelony, podiatrist, speaks to the camera. He wears blue scrubs, and stands near a clinic balcony.

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DR. JARED AELONY: I'm Dr. Jared Aelony. I'm a podiatrist, I'm board certified in foot and rear foot and reconstructive surgery. I like the idea of being in a specialty that helps maintain quality of life. And that's what podiatry does-- it's our job.

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Text, What Footwear Should You Avoid?

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Shoes that kind of crowd the toes up too much are not a good idea. High heels are not a good idea, generally. They do transfer more of the weight to the parts of the foot that aren't as equipped to handle it. So that's a problem and they can also make people prone to things like twisting an ankle.

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Text, What's Your Best Advice When Selecting Footwear?

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When playing sports or walking for long periods of time it's important to have comfortable shoe gear. Comfortable shoe gear is one of the most important things, and shoe gear that's geared towards the activity that you're engaged in is very important, as well. In order to avoid injury and pain. I like to tell all of my patients is to buy the shoes that feel comfortable right when you try them on, and don't let the salesperson tell you to wait for them to break in. They should feel comfortable right away. And care more about how the shoe feels than what it looks like. When it comes to your shoe choices make sure they're a good fit.

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Dr. Aelony nods to the camera. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health. Here with you.

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