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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Put Your Feet First

Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A, F.A.P.W.C.A.

Podiatrist located in Scottsdale, AZ

Conditions such as hammertoe, a bunion, and bone spurs don’t always respond to conservative treatments and can cause discomfort that makes everyday life much more difficult. Experienced podiatrist and member of the American Association of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, performs minimally invasive surgery to correct these bone and joint problems at Put Your Feet First in Scottsdale, Arizona. To schedule surgery for a severe and persistent hammertoe, bunion, or bone spurs, call or click to use the online booking tool today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery


What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery refers to outpatient procedures that treat conditions using small incisions, and without hardware such as plates, screws, or wires. Dr. Forman offers minimally invasive surgery to treat conditions such as hammertoe, bunions, and bone spurs that do not respond to conservative approaches.

In minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Forman uses specially designed instruments to correct foot problems without affecting the surrounding tissue. This brief surgery only requires local anesthesia and there’s no downtime--you’ll be able to walk right out of the office afterward.

If you have a persistent foot problem, minimally invasive surgery could be the answer you’re looking for.

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a joint deformity that causes the toe to bend or curl downward, which looks like a hammer. It most commonly results from wearing shoes that are too tight or have pointy toes and don’t have arch support. You’re more likely to develop the condition if you have arthritis or suffered a toe injury.

In addition to the tell-tale bend, hammertoe causes pain while walking, and the affected area is usually swollen and red.

Hammertoe begins as a mild deformity and becomes gradually worse over time from pressure on the affected toe. If left untreated, hammertoe can make bending the toe at the joint impossible.

In mild, early cases of hammertoe, Dr. Forman will advise you on wearing shoes that fit properly, and he may recommend pads or insoles that will shift your toe back into place. You can also manage the pain with anti-inflammatory medications. Often, these adjustments are enough to reverse hammertoe.

In more severe, advanced cases of hammertoe, Dr. Forman may recommend minimally invasive surgery to reposition the toe, remove deformed or injured bone, and realign the tendons.

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe. The skin over a bunion becomes red, swollen, and sore. Bunions result when your big toe points too far inward, toward your second toe, instead of straight ahead, causing the joint to stick out.

Bunions are usually genetic, resulting from the bone structure of your feet, though you’re more likely to develop them if your shoes are too tight or you have arthritis.

You put pressure on your big toe when you walk, so the pain from bunions can be constant. If left untreated, the pain often worsens over time, and you may find you’re walking unnaturally just to avoid putting weight on your foot. In many cases, Dr. Forman can relieve bunions through conservative approaches, such as recommending:

  • Comfortable shoes and inserts (orthotics)
  • Bunion shield or night splint to minimize pressure and friction on the bunion


In more serious cases, when you have difficulty walking and conservative approaches don’t provide pain relief, Dr. Forman performs minimally invasive surgery to correct the alignment of your big toe.

What are bone spurs?

Bone spurs are hard bumps of extra bone that form in the joints, where two bones meet, most commonly in the neck, lower back, shoulders, hips, knees, and heels. Spurs tend to develop in areas of inflammation, resulting from conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis. When cartilage wears away and bones rub together, your body senses damage to the bone and sometimes grows extra bone to try and heal it, which forms bone spurs.

You may associate pain in your heel, toe, or midfoot with a bone spur. However, many bone spurs do not cause symptoms by themselves and exist alongside an inflammation of the tissue of the same area, which is the actual source of pain. For example, heel spurs often happen alongside plantar fasciitis, a condition affecting the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes.

Dr. Forman takes an X-ray to determine if your pain is the result of a bone spur, which may be rubbing into your inflamed joints or tendons. He first treats bone spurs using a conservative approach, including recommending exercises and footwear to reduce stress on the area. If these noninvasive treatments don’t work, he can perform a minimally invasive surgery to remove the bone spur.

To learn more about treatment options, including surgery, for hammertoe, bunions, and bone spurs, call or click today.