If you have a bony bump on the side of your foot, consider a bunion surgeon to help you determine the best non-surgical or surgical treatment. Contact our office today to learn more about your options and to schedule an appointment.
A bunion is a lump of soft tissue and bone on the inner bone of the foot. This is an often painful condition that causes the foot to be visibly deformed and can make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably.
Bunion surgery is often the last resort for someone with a bunion. Not surprisingly, bunions are much more common in women than in men. Bunions are exacerbated by shoes that come to a point at the toes – like women’s high heel shoes. In fact, a large majority of women wear shoes that are simply too small for their feet. However, most people are able to manage their bunions without surgery by simply switching to better fitting shoes. You might need to seek the opinion of a bunion surgeon to be sure.
Are there requirements to bunion surgery?
One of the biggest reasons that patients opt for bunion surgery is that the pain is too much for them. Many surgeons, in fact, prefer or do require that the bunion be painful before the patient come in to talk about surgery. However, other reasons cause patients to seek out a bunion surgeon. These can include unsightly bunions, difficulty wearing particular shoes (like shoes that should fit because they are not too small or too tight or pointed), or even if the bunion continues to get larger. There are often surgeons who will operate if the bunion is not painful but is impeding the ability to live life comfortably.
What should I expect from bunion surgery?
One of the largest myths around bunion surgery is that the patient will end up in a cast with crutches afterward. Foot surgery can be painful, but new technology and new techniques offer a shorter postoperative recovery period, and crutches are only given to those who require more invasive surgery.
Another common misconception is that the bunion will come back, no matter how good the surgeon. This is not entirely true. A bunion can come back, but it is in a minority of cases that it does. However, wearing ill-fitting shoes, performing excessive motions, and opting for a procedure not tailored to the bunion can cause the bunion to come back.
There is more than one option for the specific technique used for bunion surgery. Your bunion surgeon will choose the procedure that best fits the specific issue that you are facing and will provide you with personalized care. For example, one method of bunion surgery is an exostectomy, which is a repair of the ligaments and tendons.
What will I need to do after surgery?
Often, someone who has a bunion surgery will have shoe restrictions for the rest of their life in order to keep the bunion from returning. Shoes that come to a point at the toes should be avoided at all costs, as they squeeze toes into unnatural positions.
Other tips for shoes after surgery include:
- Choose a shoe with a firm grip on the heel and a minimum amount of slippage.
- Sizes vary by brand. Buy shoes based on how they fit and use a size as a starting point.
- Measure your feet regularly and fit to larger size if you are on the border of two sizes.
- There should be a 1/2 inch from the top of the longest toe to the tip of the shoe when finding the best fit.
One big thing to remember is that it is never enough to expect small shoes to stretch out to fit your foot. Always err on the bigger side if you cannot pick a size, even if the sizes feel exactly the same. Your bunion surgeon will be able to provide you with more tips for recovery after your surgery and taking care of your feet moving forward.
Contact our office today to learn more about bunion surgery and the different options that are available. We can answer any questions you might have about the treatments that are available for bunions and can also schedule you for a consultation. Your initial visit to our office will be a chance for our doctor to examine your situation and review your medical history in order to provide a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to you, your overall health, and your needs.