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February 12, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Does Your Bunion Need Surgery?

Do you need bunion surgery? A bunion is an unnatural, bony prominence that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions bunionsoften cause swelling and pain around the joint at the base of the big toe. Wearing high heels or narrow-toed shoes can cause bunions. Some illnesses, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute, which is located in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, offers a range of treatments for bunions. Read on to find out if your bunion needs surgery.

What is bunion surgery?

The type of surgery performed depends on your age, the severity of the bunion, activity level, and general health. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and relieve pain. For a mild bunion, your doctor in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, may remove the enlarged portion of bone and realign the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint. For a moderate bunion, the doctor may cut the bone and shift it to its proper position. For a severe bunion, your doctor may remove the enlarged portion of the bone, and cut and realign the bone.

Do I need bunion surgery?

Some bunions may require surgery, but only if the symptoms are severe. You shouldn’t undergo surgery just because you don’t like the way your foot looks, because the risks can outweigh the benefits. You may require surgery if you have severe pain when walking or wearing flat shoes. Surgery may also be needed when swelling is not relieved with rest or medication. Another reason for surgery includes an inability to straighten and bed the toe.

What are the risks of surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include infection, swelling, stiffness, numbness, and delayed healing. Other complications may nerve damage, continued pain, and recurrence of the bunion. There may be other risks depending on the patient's specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your podiatrist before you undergo surgery.

What happens after surgery?

Your doctor will give you instructions for caring for your foot at home after the procedure. You may be discharged from the hospital wearing a surgical shoe or cast to protect your foot. Once you get home, you'll need to rerst and keep your foot elevated on pillows to help reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor may recommend that apply ice to your foot and limit walking. Take a pain reliever for discomfort as recommended by your doctor. Your foot may need continuous support from dressings or a brace several weeks after surgery.

Say hello to healthy and happy feet. If you have a bunion, call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute at (201) 488-3668 today to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. We will help you get rid of that bunion once and for all. We want you to live your best possible life!