When Is Bunion Surgery Necessary?
By PODIATRY FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

What your podiatrists in Hackensack and Montvale want you to knowbunions

Bunions can be debilitating and painful. If you have a bunion, it can keep you off of your feet. Fortunately, there is relief from painful bunions. You may be wondering what you can do to treat your bunion, or if you might need surgery to remove the bunion. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute can help with advice and treatment options. They have two convenient office locations in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, to get you back on your feet.

Bunions can occur from wearing shoes that cramp your toes. Over time, the middle joint of your big toe can get pushed outward, causing bone deformity and pain as the bunion continuously rubs against the inside of your shoe. Bunions are more common in women, because women’s shoes are typically narrower and women wear high heels, pushing the toes forward.

You can try a few simple home remedies if your bunion is still small. Try:

  • Icing the bunion several times each day
  • Wearing padding or inserts inside your shoes
  • Taping and cushioning the bunion
  • Wearing wide, supportive, comfortable shoes or sandals

For large, painful bunions, there are some non-surgical treatment options available at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute including cortisone injections to reduce swelling and inflammation and prescription strength anti-inflammatory and pain medications.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons you should consider bunion surgery if:

  • You have severe foot pain that keeps you from walking or wearing shoes
  • Chronic swelling and inflammation of your big toe
  • Bone deformity and stiffness in your big toe
  • Inability to obtain relief from pain with medications or proper footwear

If you do need bunion surgery, don’t worry. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute offer several effective surgical treatment options, including:

  • Fusing your big toe joints
  • Surgically straightening your big toe and foot
  • Removing excessive, swollen tissue around your toe joint
  • Removing bone in your big toe

If you are dealing with bunion pain or issues, call your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute with offices in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. Get back on your feet by calling today!

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