You may be considering surgical options for the bony bump on your big toe because it’s restricting you from completing your everyday routines or activities, limiting you from walking more than a few blocks without severe pain, or not even allowing you to bend or straighten your toe any longer.
Bunion treatment usually begins with conservative lifestyle adjustments such as wearing larger shoes with a wider toe box, or trying protective padding, splints, or other trendy treatments on the market. When none of these options work and you’re still experiencing pain, bunion surgery can be an effective treatment method.
It’s important to consult with a qualified podiatrist when determining if you’re a candidate for surgical options, but you can get a head start by considering the following.
It’s helpful to provide information to your doctor about your overall health, such as how your bunion developed, if you’re a smoker, if other people in your family have bunions and the severity, any heart problems, etc. Your podiatrist will also most likely run a few medical tests and take an X-Ray.
Type of Surgery
Many different types of bunion surgery exist to remove the bump and realign the position of the big toe. At Adler Footcare you will first be evaluated to see if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®. If you’re not, then minimally invasive bunion surgery is considered.
HyProCure® – this procedure is performed on children age 7 to 18 and adults of all ages. It corrects foot misalignment by placing a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone to stabilize the ankle and keep it from rolling inward.
Foot misalignment is related to your bunion because as the bones in the back of the foot dislocate forward and to the side, additional pressure is added to the outside of the big toe, producing increased bone growth that leads to the bunion bump formation.
A study indicated that there is a 40% to 50% reduction in both the size and pain level of bunions for patients after receiving HyProCure®. Additionally, it showed that 30% of smaller bunions go away without any treatment at all once the patient has HyProCure®.
Minimally invasive surgery – this technique is used to perform the surgery by making a very small incision the size of a pinprick. It causes minimal trauma to the patient, involves less bleeding, less pain, and minimal scarring.
Bunion removal has a high success rate and whichever treatment you choose, the long-term outlook is positive.
HyProCure® and minimally invasive bunion surgery are both outpatient procedures – you’re able to go home within a few hours of the procedures. Full recovery after the surgery depends on the individual patient, the severity of the bunion, the type and degree of surgery.
For example, HyProCure® patients leave in a walking boot and are back in their own shoes within 3 to 5 days, but patients who receive minimally invasive bunion surgery require more time to heal.
Most patients leave the procedures in a walking boot, but are told to keep off their feet as much as possible. Gradually, you’ll be able to start bearing weight on your foot again, but will be encouraged to ice the foot to reduce inflammation and swelling.
The majority of patients who have a surgical procedure on their bunion experience a full recovery without any complications, but it’s important to have realistic expectations for how long a complete recovery will take. It could be weeks or months before you’re completely able to get back to daily activities.
It’s important to consider your vocation and lifestyle and how the bunion surgery will affect your daily routine, then plan accordingly.
If you’re comfortable with the information above, you may be an ideal candidate for a surgical bunion procedure. To know for sure, visit a podiatrist to find out your specific treatment options.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. You’ll experience convenience, kindness, and the best possible care for your foot problems. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.