Bunion Surgery for the “Mature” Adult

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 26, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Grumpy Old ManIf you’re – how should I put it without offending – a “mature” adult, let’s say someone over age 60 or so and you have a bunion, have you lost all hope of getting rid of it? You may have lived with your bunion for so many years that it’s become an old friend; or maybe you’ve just recently started feeling the painful affects of having a bunion. In either case, have you considered bunion surgery, but think you may not be a good candidate?

 

Your Age is Just a Number

 

At some point in our world we decided that once people reach the age of 65 years and older they are labeled as geriatric, also known as elderly, senior citizen, old timer. This often gets a negative connotation. In fact, Urban Dictionary defines geriatric as “one who wears their pants up to their armpits and thoroughly enjoys chasing youngsters off the lawn” which isn’t at all accurate, but for some reason this is the image many people conjure.

 

The reality is that people well into their 80’s and beyond are regularly participating in activities like swimming, golfing, traveling, and other things that promote an active lifestyle. They are fully capable of doing these things, unless they have a painful bunion that can limit them. The good news is that bunion surgery can help them enjoy these kinds of activities again.

 

Some individuals of a certain age get into a mindset that they just have to accept their bunion as a means to getting older. They fear a treatment like bunion surgery because they are under the impression that their bones are too brittle, there body isn’t strong enough to heal correctly or they have too many medical problems.

 

Some excuses that are often heard to avoid a procedure like bunion surgery are:

 

“I’m too old”

“The treatment is too risky”

“It won’t heal properly”

“The bunion will just come back”

“I’ll just live with it”

 

If you have avoided learning more about bunion surgery out of fear or denial, the New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare will tell you that our minimally invasive approach is safe and effective. Especially if your bunion is causing you extreme foot pain, bunion surgery is the best option because it corrects the actual bone deformity causing the pain.

 

Minimally invasive bunion surgery causes little trauma to the patient because it:

  • Makes a small incision in your foot using miniature instruments
  • There is no need for general anesthesia
  • Doesn’t require stitches
  • Causes limited discomfort
  • Causes limited bleeding
  • Minimal scarring
  • Allows for a timely return to normal activity

 

All those benefits of minimally invasive bunion surgery pretty much bust any excuses mentioned above! You’re at the point where you deserve to enjoy all life has to offer without being bothered by a bunion.

 

Contact the New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare to learn more about bunion surgery or download our free guide Things to Consider Before Buinion Surgery. You have the rest of your life ahead of you and you don’t need your bunion to be a part of it no matter how old (or young!) you are.

 

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Topics: foot problems, Bunion Surgery, Foot Care