Are you someone who likes to fix things? If there’s an argument between two mutual friends, do you want to play counselor? If your car is making a funny sound, do you immediately pop the hood and start tinkering? If your child has a broken toy do you try everything in your parenting power to get it working again? You may be great at fixing broken relationships, automobiles, and children’s play things, but what about when it comes to how to fix bunions? You can probably fix a lot of things, but aren’t qualified when it comes to foot surgery. So, we’ll help you out by telling you how to fix bunions with foot surgery.
How do you know you have a bunion?
First, let’s make sure you have a bunion. It should be obvious because bunions are very distinguishable. A bunion is a bump on your big toe that forms when the joint moves out of place. As the bump gets larger it can become more painful as it rubs on footwear or gets in the way when exercising and often even simple daily activities like walking. So if your toe looks like something similar to the photo below, you most likely have a bunion!
How do you fix bunions?
It used to be that there were a number of conservative treatments to try for bunions. But now, podiatry treatments have become sophisticated enough that a procedure called HyProCure® may be your top priority to look into when considering bunion treatment.
HyProCure® corrects misalignment of your feet by inserting a small titanium stent into the natural space between your ankle bone and heel bone. Since your bunion is a result of the bones in the back of your foot (called the subtalar joint) dislocating forward and to the side, this causes increased motion of your foot during each step as you walk (over-pronation is the fancy medical term for this problem).
The subtalar joint dislocation causes additional pressure to be placed on the outside of your big toe, producing increased bone growth and leading to the bunion bump formation. However, once you put the subtalar joint below the ankle in alignment, many bunions surprisingly get better by controlling this over-pronation.
Post-HyProCure® there is little post-op pain, no time off of your feet, and in most instances patients are back into their own shoes 3 days post-procedure.
Most bunion symptoms improve following HyProCure® procedures, but some bunions may not be cured completely by HyProCure® (due to long-term degenerative arthritic changes in the big toe joint). Therefore, it’s important to be evaluated by a podiatrist to see if HyProCure® is the best option of how to fix bunions for you. If not, bunion surgery may be recommended.
If bunion surgery is recommended, Adler Footcare performs the procedure using a minimally invasive technique. This means that it’s done by making a very small incision, often the size of a pinprick. Minimally invasive foot surgery is an outpatient procedure that has numerous benefits: in most instances there is no scarring, little time off your feet, very little discomfort, and a much quicker healing time than traditional bunion surgery.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to fix bunions that are causing your foot pain, contact Adler Footcare today to schedule a consultation with a New York podiatrist. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.