Reconstructive Surgery Specialist

Alicia Knee, DPM

Podiatrist located in San Francisco, CA

Reconstructive surgery can make life easier and more comfortable when an injury, illness, or other condition has interfered with your body’s normal function. Alicia Knee, DPM, is pleased to offer numerous effective treatment options, including flatfoot surgery and cartilage replacement procedures, for good candidates in the San Francisco area. Call Alicia Knee, DPM, to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Reconstructive Surgery Q & A

What are the goals of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery?

Reconstructive surgery for your feet or ankles aims to minimize discomfort and pain caused by arthritis, congenital abnormalities, infection, injury, or consistently wearing tight, narrow shoes. It can also help improve or restore function and stability.

What do they involve?

These reconstructive surgeries are complex procedures that may involve repairing tendons, implanting joints, removing tumors, or grafting, cutting, or fusing bones. Depending on the type of procedure and your physical condition, devices such as pins, screws, or staples, may be used for repair and lasting stabilization.

What’s flatfoot surgery?

Flatfoot surgery aims to improve the alignment of your feet when your feet have little, if any, arch. It repairs ligaments and tendons that support the arches in your feet through a combination of procedures. Cuts are frequently made in your bones to help restore the arch. A successful flatfoot surgery helps reduce pain while improving your walking ability.

What makes a good candidate?

Surgical reconstruction may be helpful if you have an arch that remains flexible, versus stiff. To determine if you would benefit from the procedure, Dr. Knee conducts a thorough exam that includes review of your medical history and symptoms, as well as X-rays. She may recommend less invasive options first, such as resting your feet, using orthotics or braces, or physical therapy. When other measures aren’t successful, surgery may be ideal.

What does cartilage replacement involve?

When you have an ankle injury, cartilage in the area can be damaged. Because cartilage helps your joints move smoothly, cartilage damage can interfere with their function, leading to pain and, potentially, ankle arthritis.

While there are numerous types of cartilage repair, arthroscopy is the most common. It involves trimming the damaged cartilage or drilling holes in the bone to stimulate scar tissue, which functions like new cartilage. Some newer cartilage replacement procedures use stem cells from your bone marrow.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr Knee accepts most major PPO insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Medicare
United Healthcare