Good question! Actually, there are a number of bunion procedures; the type your podiatric surgeon chooses will depend on the particular bunion issue you have and the severity of your condition. It’s also not uncommon to have more than one procedure performed to correct multiple bunion problems. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common bunion procedures.
Yesterday we talked about how to decide when it’s time to have bunion surgery and how many people put it off because they hear how difficult and painful the recovery from the process can be. Now everyone’s bunion surgery experience will be different because of variables such as the complexity of the problem, the experience of the surgeon, the type of procedure (there are more than one hundred types of bunion procedures) and the overall health of the patient. However, there are some things you can do to make your recovery a little bit easier. Here are some tips:
Maybe you saw it. Maybe you felt it. Maybe someone else pointed it out to you. However it happened, one day you became aware that your foot looked strange. You had a bump on the side of your foot below your big toe. Your big toe might even have looked like it was pointing in toward your second toe. Then it started to hurt.
Some might recognize that they now had a bunion, while others might need to go to a podiatrist to find out what’s going on with their feet. After the diagnosis, then what? We’ve talked before about bunion basics, but today let’s think about the decision to have bunion surgery.
Some things are irreplaceable: that ring your first love gave you that disappeared during one of your moves; the original Star Wars toy your mom threw out that’s now worth thousands of dollars; that album of pre-digital family photos; your hair (no, seriously, don’t try the replacements–they look bad. Really bad.).
You know what is replaceable, though? That stiff, painful toe joint that’s been making walking difficult. Yes, although many people are aware that knees and hips can be replaced with artificial versions, not many people know that big toe joint replacement surgery can also be done.
What do you think of when you think of arthritis? Your ancient piano teacher with her knobby stiff fingers. Your grandfather who can’t lift his arm above his shoulders. The athlete who had to retire before his 30th birthday because of arthritis in his knees. All very common types of arthritis, but guess what? Arthritis can also affect your feet and ankles. Congratulations for not being left out of the arthritis party, feet and ankles!
With warm weather finally here, some of us are discovering a few old friends we haven’t seen in a while–our toenails!
Yes, after a winter buried in shoes, boots, and warm socks, our little toenail friends have emerged as a happy symbol of summer. But these little…plates? Okay, we’ll go with plates–are not just hanging around waiting for us to put green toenail polish on them. Rather, they are parts of our body, and therefore have their own set of health problems that can crop up and make you wish that they were covered again in those thick, fuzzy socks. We’ve covered some of them in depth before, but I thought this was a good time to have a round-up of toenail information.
What’s the classic image of an ankle sprain? A person taking a wrong step off a curb. A basketball player landing awkwardly on another player’s foot. Someone slipping while goofing around poolside.
In each of these cases, you probably picture the slo-mo action of the foot coming down and landing on its outside edge instead of on the sole, the ankle rolling outward and down, followed by the inevitable, “Ow, I just did something to my ankle” (insert more colorful language as desired).
This would be correct for about 90% of all sprained ankles. The other 10% go in a different direction–literally. The foot lands on the inside edge and the ankle rolls inward. This is called an eversion sprain.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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