What You Should Know When You’re Considering Bunion Surgery

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A bunion is a deformity of the foot, often at the joint where the bones of the big toe meet the metatarsal bones of the foot. Over a period of time, these bones move out of proper alignment. The big toe bone moves toward the other toes and the metatarsal moves away from the other foot bones, resulting in a bulging knob.

Bunions are painful and they can make it hard to exercise, wear shoes, or even move through your day with comfort and ease. Conservative approaches may alleviate symptoms, but they cannot realign your bones. Consequently, your podiatrist may recommend a bunionectomy – surgery to remove the bunion. This is often the most effective long-term approach.

Bunionectomies are typically outpatient procedures and do not require a hospital stay. When performing the surgery, your board-certified podiatrist will reposition the big toe and correct the misalignment of the metatarsals. Any extra bony growth or enlargement will also be managed, possibly by shaving down the bones or through more complex methods such as shifting and cutting the bones. Tendon and ligaments may also be involved in your surgery. Your doctor will make the best choices for you based on the severity of your individual situation.

After the surgery, your foot will be in a cast for a few weeks, and your mobility will be restricted for as long as two months. Be sure to follow your podiatrist’s advice to ensure a speedy recovery. Stay off your feet. Wear your boot. Use your crutches. Take your medications.

If you are worried about a bunion, or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first step to take is to schedule a visit with your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Make an appointment in Hartford Podiatry Group’s comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.