What You Need To Know About Bunion Surgery
Has your foot doctor diagnosed that uncomfortable bump as a bunion? Bunions are common foot deformities. They are often the result of years of poor footwear choices but are also caused by hereditary factors. If your parents had bunions, you’re likely to develop them as well.
The most common bunion occurs at the joint where the big toe meets the foot. The joint begins to push outward, creating a bony protrusion and causing the big toe itself to drift inward. The bunion may become red or swollen. It’s likely to be rather painful and, in time, may make it difficult to straighten the toe.
A transition to more sensible, comfortable footwear may help alleviate the discomfort of a bunion. Your podiatrist can prescribe custom orthotics to provide additional cushioning. However, these steps can’t stop the progression of a bunion or slow the increasing pain. Only surgery can do that.
The surgery performed to correct a bunion is called a bunionectomy. This surgery allows your podiatrist to realign the bones, reposition the toe, and remove any bony growth or enlargement in the joint itself. Diagnostic imaging is used to prepare for the surgery which is performed while you are sleeping with the aid of anesthesia. After your surgery, you can expect to use crutches or another walking aid for 6-8 weeks and to receive physical therapy to ensure full range of motion.
If you require bunion surgery or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, you can be sure that, with years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM is the best-qualified medical professional to help you with diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care. Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office today. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to request an appointment online today.