Bunions are large bony bumps that develop at the base of your big toe joint. A bunion usually develops when bones in your foot move out of their proper alignment, causing part of your big-toe bone to stick outward. This can cause pain. Bunion surgery by the Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute team offers long-lasting relief.
Common symptoms associated with bunions include:
Complications that can result from severe, untreated bunions include bursitis, hammertoe, and chronic, painful swelling. Risk factors for developing bunions include wearing high heels and other kinds of poor-fitting shoes, having arthritis, and conditions you were born with.
To find out if you’re the right candidate for bunion surgery, your orthopedic specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your feet and toes and could recommend you undergo X-rays to make a final diagnosis.
Before bunion surgery, follow your provider’s pre-surgical instructions. They might ask you to stop taking certain medicines before your procedure or not eat or drink anything the morning of surgery.
You’re given local, regional, spinal, or general anesthetic so you won’t feel any discomfort during bunion surgery. Your provider makes a tiny incision and removes swollen soft tissue or bone, realigns bones in your feet to correct deformities, or joins bones together. After the procedure, your provider takes you to a recovery area until the anesthesia wears off.
You might be able to walk right after bunion surgery, but full recovery usually takes several weeks to months. Follow your post-surgical instructions. Get plenty of rest, take medications as prescribed, ice the affected area, and wear the right wraps and footwear. Most importantly, go to your follow-up appointments with the Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute team.
Don’t live with a painful bunion when simple treatments can offer you long-lasting relief. Schedule a consultation with Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute today, by phone or online, to find out if bunion surgery is right for you.