Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery

If you're seeking relief from foot and ankle conditions, but want a less invasive option that allows for quicker recovery and minimal scarring, then minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery may be right for you.

What is Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery, often abbreviated as MIFAS, refers to a surgical approach that aims to treat various foot and ankle conditions with minimal disruption to the surrounding tissues. Unlike traditional open surgery, which involves larger incisions and more extensive tissue manipulation, minimally invasive procedures utilize specialized instruments and advanced technology to achieve the desired results.

Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Surgery:

Minimally invasive techniques have shown success in addressing a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Bunions: MIFAS can correct bunions by realigning the bones of the big toe and eliminating the bony bump on the side of the foot.
  • Hammertoes: This procedure can straighten and realign hammertoes, relieving pain and discomfort.
  • Achilles Tendon Disorders: Minimally invasive techniques can repair Achilles tendon tears and treat conditions like Achilles tendinitis.
  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis): MIFAS can address chronic heel pain by releasing the tension in the plantar fascia.
  • Metatarsalgia: Minimally invasive procedures can alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with metatarsalgia, a condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot.
  • Foot Ulcers: Minimally invasive techniques can be employed to treat foot ulcers, which are open sores on the feet that can be caused by various factors such as diabetes, poor circulation, or pressure sores.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery:

  • Faster Recovery: Patients typically experience quicker return to daily activities compared to open surgery.
  • Less Pain: Smaller incisions mean less pain during recovery and reduced reliance on pain medication.
  • Minimal Scarring: Minimally invasive procedures leave small, inconspicuous scars as opposed to the larger, more noticeable scars associated with open surgery.
  • Reduced Risk of Infection: Smaller incisions decrease the risk of postoperative infections.
  • Preservation of Healthy Tissue: MIFAS aims to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, which can lead to better long-term outcomes.

What to Expect:

Before undergoing minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, patients can expect a thorough evaluation by Dr. Speer at Emerald Coast Foot and Ankle Center. This evaluation will help determine whether MIFAS is the right option for your specific condition.

Post-surgery, a rehabilitation plan will be developed to aid in your recovery.


Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery offers a promising alternative to traditional open surgery for various foot and ankle conditions. If you're considering this option, please schedule an appointment to discuss your specific needs and determine whether MIFAS is the right choice for you. Remember that each patient's experience may vary, so it's essential to have a comprehensive understanding of your condition and treatment options.