A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe and causes your big toe to point excessively towards your second toe. It is a foot deformity that consists of both bone and soft tissue. The bunion represents a dislocation of the big toe joint and it bulges against the skin. Sometimes the area can become irritated, red and/or callused. Bunions can also be very painful and are said to be the result of wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow in the toe area. If you have a painful bunion, Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM can help.
Why You May Need Bunion Surgery
Often, bunion pain can be relieved by wearing larger shoes with a wider toe box and cushioning them with protective pads is also said to be helpful. However, those who continue to experience pain even after making lifestyle changes may choose to have bunion surgery as an effective treatment method. This includes when pain restricts or prohibits you from completing everyday routines or activities including walking more than a few blocks without severe foot pain. Other reasons to have this procedure done include your big toe remains swollen and painful even with rest and medication or you are unable to bend or straighten your big toe.
Bunion Surgery Procedure
Bunion surgery is most often performed as an outpatient. This means you go home that same day. In most cases, patients receive local anesthetic that makes the foot and ankle numb and are awake for the surgery. In addition, because bunions come in different sizes and shapes, the correction should be tailored to your bunion. When deciding how to proceed, your surgeon should take into account the severity of your bunion, medical condition, lifestyle, and recuperation time. However, most bunion surgeries involve a combination of soft-tissue balancing of ligaments and tendons, as well as bone work to realign the foot structure.
Let Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM Help
Once the procedure is complete, you will remain in recovery until the anesthesia wears off. Then, you should expect that it will take, on average, six weeks for the bone to mend. This is normal and cannot be made to happen any quicker. Additionally, there is usually a period of rehabilitation, and you most likely will not be back to your full activities and/or shoes for few weeks thereafter. If you believe that you are in need of bunion surgery and are in the El Paso area, contact Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM. He has been helping people put their best foot forward since 1996.