|Aaron Shemenski, DPM|
More than half the women in America have bunions, a common foot deformity often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Bunions cause the base of your big toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joint) to enlarge and protrude. The skin over it may be red and tender. Wearing any type of shoe may be painful. This joint flexes with every step you take. The bigger your bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. The big toe may angle toward your second toe, or even move all the way under it. The skin on the bottom of your foot may become thicker and painful.
Most bunions can be treated without surgery by wearing protective pads to cushion the painful area, and of course, avoiding ill-fitting shoes in the first place. In moderate cases, orthotic arch supports can be used to minimize the pain associated with bunions. However, in more severe cases, your Podiatrist may recommend surgical correction.
Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, realigns the bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves so your big toe can be brought back to its correct position. Many bunion surgeries are performed on a same-day basis using light sedation for anesthesia. In the majority of surgeries, the patient is able to walk on the surgical foot while using a special surgical shoe. Post-operative discomfort is usually minimal with the typical recovery time to full activity of four to six weeks. The procedure is very safe and effective with many patients “wishing they had it done years before.”CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PODIATRY DEPARTMENT