When conservative treatment methods fail or are not an option, reconstructive surgery is often effective in treating many foot disorders. The procedure performed depends on the type and severity of the condition being treated. The primary goal of surgery is to alleviate pain, but it can also restore function, stability, and proper appearance to the foot. Surgery may involve tendon, bone, joint, tissue or skin repair. Screws, pins, wires and plates may be required to help the foot heal and ensure a full recovery. Reconstructive surgery can often be performed on an outpatient basis, and the recovery time depends on the type of condition being treated.