You’ve been told that you have a bunion. Now what? The good news is that many bunions can be managed through at-home care and by avoiding certain activities that will only exacerbate symptoms; however, when home care and rest just aren’t giving you relief from sore, achy bunions then it’s time to consult the podiatrists at Mullica Hill Foot and Ankle to figure out the best solution.
In some cases, simple changes to footwear or having our team create custom orthotics is all that’s needed to ease symptoms. In fact, many people can lead healthy, happy lives and continue doing what they love without ever needing to resort to surgery. Of course, surgery is the only way to correct the deformed joint. Is it time to consider bunion surgery? You may benefit if,
-You are dealing with severe pain and swelling
-You can’t seem to get your pain under control with home care
-You have had to alter your daily routine or avoid doing the activities you love because of your bunion
-Your quality of life has been impacted by your bunion
-You have a severely enlarged deformity that makes it hard to put on or wear shoes
If you are experiencing any of the issues above, then it’s time to sit down with our foot and ankle specialists to find out if surgery is the best option for you. Of course, we will need to make sure that you have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options before turning to surgery to fix your bunion.
The goal of bunion surgery (also referred to as a bunionectomy) is to correct the deformed joint (typically the joint at the base of the big toe) and to reduce pain and swelling associated with this condition. This is not the best option for someone who is simply looking to improve the shape or appearance of their feet; however, if a large bunion is getting in the way of your normal routine and activities then surgery may be the right choice.
There are several different types of surgical techniques to correct a bunion, depending on the severity of your condition. Mild bunions may simply require our team to remove the enlarged area of the bone and to realign the soft tissue around the joint while more severe bunions may involve bone removal and repositioning of muscles, tendons and ligaments within the foot. During your evaluation, we would be happy to discuss your treatment options and to go more in-depth as to what to expect if you decide to get bunion surgery so that you can make an informed and educated decision about your health.
If you are dealing with painful bunions that aren’t responding to home care,
then it’s time to call the team at Mullica Hill Foot and Ankle at (856) 223-9939 to schedule an evaluation with a qualified foot and ankle doctor.