One of the most common foot conditions seen in the world are bunions. Bunions are best defined as bony prominence’s that occur at the joint at the base of the big toe. As a bunion develops, the toe deviates towards the outside of the foot and pain can develop. There are multiple causes of bunions but the most common cause is a flat foot type which tends to be inherited from your parents. Trauma and other systemic diseases can cause bunions although less commonly.
So you’ve been diagnosed with one of the most common foot problems—a bunion. What’s the next step? Your podiatrist may have informed you that noninvasive treatment will be ineffective, and in this case he or she will probably recommend bunion surgery. Here’s what you need to know.
Bunion surgery is semi-invasive because the incision made in the big toe is very small. The goal of the procedure is to realign the bone and soft tissue, possibly necessitating the use of small wires, screws, or plates. Normally, only a regional anesthetic is used to numb the foot but it is possible that a you will be given a sedative as well. A successful surgery should relieve pain and make it easier to go about daily activities.
What sets bunion surgery apart from other podiatric procedures is that there are over 100 types within this category. Research does not specify a certain procedure as the “best”, and which one your podiatrist performs depends on your specific condition. It is even possible for multiple surgeries to be done at the same time. One of the most common bunion surgeries is referred to as a Silver bunionectomy, which entails the removal of a portion of the foot that is bulging out (the metatarsal head).
A person recovering from bunion surgery has to take certain precautions. First of all, when showering, the foot must be covered to keep the surgical site dry. Your podiatrist may give you special shoes, splints, or walking casts for the recovery period. Regular shoes can sometimes be worn after 4-5 weeks, but in certain cases it can be 3-4 months before the special footwear is no longer necessary. After some procedures, your podiatrist may tell you that you must keep all weight off the affected foot for up to 8 weeks. You can expect the sutures to be removed after 1-3 weeks, and any pins removed after 3-4 weeks.
If you have any questions relating to bunions, bunion surgery, or any other foot or ankle concerns, call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707. Make an appointment at our Doylestown office today to be on your way to better foot health.
If you are one of the millions of people who have the most commonly treated foot problem, bunions, you may already be considering surgery. Surgery is a viable option when non-surgical treatment options recommended by a podiatrist do not relieve bunion pain. When walking and doing normal activities become a painful burden, getting one of the 100 plus surgeries that are available for bunions can improve your quality of life more than any other option.
Yes, you heard right. There are over 100 bunion surgeries, and your podiatrist will be able to find the one specific to your condition. There may even be two separate procedures done at the same time. Typical bunion surgery includes an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and then removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone. If the joint is severely deformed, tiny wires, stitches, screws, or plates may be used to stabilize it. Commonly, before the surgery a patient is given regional anesthetic that only affects the foot, but some podiatrists may use a sedative. The surgery usually takes around one hour, but it depends on what kind of procedure you are getting. Normal recovery time is generally between 6 weeks and 6 months, and your podiatrist will give you instructions to allow the incision to heal properly within your recovery period.
When a successful bunion surgery is performed, you will be able to walk with less pain in the big toe joint. In addition, when the incision heals and the swelling goes down, the toe in most cases will look more normal than before. One mistake people make after their surgery is returning to high heeled shoes, which could have been the reason for their bunions in the first place. If you follow the directions of your podiatrist, you may never have a bunion problem again.
If you have painful bunions that affect your everyday life, it is time to call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707 to consider surgery. Dr. Lefkowitz will give you a consultation in his Doylestown office to determine what kind of procedure, if any, you need. Make the call today for better foot health tomorrow!
Bunions are known as one of the most commonly treated foot problems, especially in women. A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint located at the base of the big toe. People can develop “regular” bunions as well as bunionettes, which are smaller bunions.
Women tend to develop bunions more often than men due to the shoes they wear. Shoes that fit too tightly are a known cause of bunions, because a bunion is created when your big toe pushes up against the other toes. This results in the big toe joint being forced in the other direction (away from the regular profile of your foot). Although tight shoes are the most common cause of bunions, they can also develop as a result of excessive stress on your foot, a medical condition (such as arthritis), or an inherited structural defect.
It is relatively easy to diagnose a bunion. You will notice a bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe, as well as swelling, redness, or soreness around the big toe joint. Some people experience thickening of the skin at the base of the big toe and corns or calluses where the first and second toes overlap. Restricted movement of the big toe is another characteristic symptom of a bunion.
Bunions are permanent unless surgically removed, and may become larger and more painful over time. Some bunions do not require treatment, but it is time to visit a podiatrist when the pain becomes persistent, movement is impeded, and you struggle to find shoes that fit. There are numerous non-surgical treatments for bunions, but if you ignore your bunions they may become larger and more painful, rendering any available non-surgical treatments useless.
To find out what kind of bunion treatment you require, make an appointment at Quality Foot Care by calling 215-230-9707 today. Dr. Lefkowitz and his staff at their Doylestown office are able to provide the area’s best treatment for all of your foot and ankle concerns.