Bunion Repair: Fixing Damage Before It Becomes Permanent
When it comes to common foot pain, bunions are among the most misunderstood. Many people think they are essentially calluses or soft tissue growths, and can be treated- or ignored-as such. Because of this common misconception, many people don’t know what they are experiencing when they actually get a bunion, and so aren’t able to diagnose it, and all-too-often fail to see an expert or take measure to make it better. This can result in long-term pain and difficulties in walking.
A bunion is caused when the first metatarsal bone drifts away from the second, and the big toe starts to angle toward the second toe. The pointing generally isn’t dramatic at first, and is hard to notice sometimes. Eventually, it causes a bump to appear on the inside edge of the big toe/first metatarsal head. This can cause a lot of pain, especially at the joint, and swollen, inflamed skin. Sometimes a bursa may form, which can also become inflamed (bursitis). The nerve supplying sensation to the inside part of the toe also runs in the area and it can get stuck between a rock and an hard place (between the now protruding bone and certain shoes). Over time, if not treated (and especially if exacerbated by tight, ill-fitting shoes), these problems can get much worse, and symptoms can include:
- ● Big toe may actually cross over the second toe
- ● Extra bone and a fluid-filled sac may develop on the toe
- ● Bunion can start to interfere with your daily life and activities
- ● Infection, especially in people with diabetes
Bunion repair can help your life
Not every bunion will need to be corrected by surgery. It can often be minimized simply by changing your shoes, allowing for a wider fit to give your toes more room. Orthotics and gait analysis can also be helpful in letting you avoid surgery. But these don’t always work, and no matter what you do, it can get worse.
There are a few different procedures that can be done for bunion repair. These include:
- ● Shaving off the bump at the toe joint, the immediate cause of the problems. This
- ● Cutting the bones and putting them back in the right place (osteotomy). This osteotomy
- ● Taking out damaged joints and using plates, screws, or wire to hold joint together
Your foot surgeon will base the type of procedure to be performed on you physical exam as well as x-rays. We take pride in providing the best techniques in deformity correction, while attempting to provide aesthetically pleasing results. We strive to offer the most effective corrections while being future forward and staying abreast of the newest techniques, The vast majority of patients leave the clinic or hospital the same day. While most patients can walk in protected foot wear immediately after surgery, full recovery can take up to a few months. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we will go through all the options we have for bunion repair, finding the solution that works best for you, so that you can be walking without
pain as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from bunions and looking at options for bunion repair, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!