The group of Podiatrists specializing in foot surgery, formed by Rubén Lorca y Luis Miguel Martí have set up the specific Foot Surgery service at the Hospital Clínica Benidorm helping to resolve the patients’ most common and most troublesome foot problems.

The professional “Martí y Lorca Foot Surgery” team stands out from other podiatrists because of the way they specialize in Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery, which involves a set of surgical techniques which offer great results with small incisions in the skin.

Doctores Marti y Lorca en Hospital Clinica Benidorm

The main advantages of the Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery carried out by Rubén Lorca and Luis Miguel Martí at Hospital Clínica Benidorm are:

  • Minimal damage caused to structure such as skin, muscle, ligaments and tendons leads to quick and PAINLESS recovery.
  • Only local anaesthetic is used, which allows the patient to RETURN HOME ON FOOT using neither crutches or walking sticks.
  • These techniques make it possible to give the patients a DEFINITIVE SOLUTION, both aesthetically and pathologically.

“In-growing toenails” (Nail surgery)

Onicocriptosis, commonly referred to as “in-growing toenail” is a rather common problem which consists of a splinter of the side edge of the nail which becomes incrusted in the surrounding soft tissue, causing pain, inflammation and, on occasions, infection.

The definitive solution is a small operation without cutting the skin, in which the root of the nail causing the damage is removed.

“Calluses” (Interdigital Helomas)

Interdigital Helomas, commonly known as Cloves (phalanges) which causes continuous rubbing of the skin, forming skin lesions.

Clavo (Helomas Interdigitales)

The definitive solution is a slight filing down of these prominences on the affected bones by way of a small incision (1-2mm).

Deformities of the little toes (“Claw”, “Hammer”, “Mallet” toes) “Supraduction” or “infraduction” to overlap.

These deformities of the little toes cause pain and calluses due to rubbing and pressure against the footwear.

Dedos en garra

The definitive solution is surgery to re-align the affected toe, which is done by way of small incisions. With this specific technique the desired correction is achieved on the toe and the pain is eliminated.

“Bunions” (Hallux Abductus Valgus)

The so-called “bunions” are deformities in which there is a deviation of the big toe, accompanied by a lateral bone prominence which tends to be very painful due to rubbing against the shoe. This pathology can also appear on the little toe and is known as “tailor’s bunion”.

Hallux Valgus pre y post

The definitive solution is a surgical operation in which the bone prominence is filed down and the big toe re-aligned.

Metatarsal pain

Metatarsal pain is pain in the sole of the foot due to the pressure borne by the metatarsal bones when the foot is incorrectly pressed on the ground. This can cause hard skin and calluses on the sole.

The definitive solution is surgery, in which the metatarsals are re-aligned so that it does not support any more pressure than necessary.

“Heel Spur” and “Plantar Fascitis”

The “Plantar fascia” is a fibrous tissue on the sole of the foot which emerges from the calcaneus (heel bone) and grows forwards. Overloading it can cause inflammation, the forming of a plantar spur and pain in the heel.

The definitive solution, when more conservative treatments fail, as small incision is made (2-3mm) in the heel, through which a fasciotomy (partial sectioning of the fascia) is carried out and the spur filed down.

Foot Surgery Technique

To treat these deformities and pathologies of the foot, Minimal Invasive Surgery is used which involves incisions which vary between and 4 mm with local anaesthetic, which allows the patient to leave the operation of foot, with either no or very slight post-operative pain which can be handled with pain-killers (Paracetamol or Ibuprofen) for the first few hours.

Using these small incisions, the specific instruments for this type of surgery are introduced, which consist of grinders and small files which make it possible to re-model the bone surfaces and carry out the corrective osteotomies (without any osteosynthesis material) which are necessary to correct the deformity.

The surgical movements are carried out with radiological control using the image intensifier, which makes it possible to control the corrections being made in situ.

The approach roots used preserve the structures, the nerve bundle, capsular and ligament structures of the joints since they are not dissected.

The big advantage is that there is no need to use material for osteosynthasis to fix the osteotomies carried out. The soft tissue itself, the bandage and the post-surgical footwear will maintain everything on place in a safe and effective manner.



Luis Miguel Martí Martínez

Rubén Lorca Gutiérrez

Luis Guerra