What is a Weil Osteotomy?
A Weil’s osteotomy (bone cut) involves a skin incision of approximately 4cm on the top of the foot either over the ‘knuckle’ of the toe or in the adjacent web space (if more than one osteotomy to be performed).
Why is it Performed?
The Weil osteotomy is an operation for pain in the front part of the foot, under the ball of the foot. We call this type of pain “metatarsalgia”. It may also be performed as part of an operation to straighten one or more of your toes.
What is Metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia is a type of pain that occurs in the ball of the foot, also called the metatarsal region. The pain can range from mild to severe and often gets worse when you stand or move. It is sometimes described as a burning or aching sensation and you may have shooting pains, tingling or numbness in your toes. Some people also experience a sensation that feels like walking on pebbles. The pain often occurs in the area where the second, third and fourth toes meet the ball of the foot.