When Is Bunion Surgery Needed
A bunion is an enlargement of the tissue or bone around a joint at the base of the little toe or the big toe. Most bunions form in women, primarily because women are more likely to wear tight, confining shoes. Bunions may result from arthritis. Bunions may also be inherited as a family trait. Dr. Denis LeBlang in Congers, NY, and serving Rockland County, offers treatments for bunions. Read on to find out when bunion surgery is needed.
When Surgery is Not Needed
If your bunion is small or not painful, you may not need surgical treatment. If treated early, patients can slow the progression of bunions with proper footwear and other preventive care.
When Bunion Surgery is Needed
If nonsurgical treatments don't help, your doctor may suggest surgical treatment. This often resolves the problem. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and alleviate pain. You may need bunion surgery if you have severe pain that happens even when walking or wearing flat shoes. Surgical treatment may also be needed when chronic inflammation isn’t relieved with rest or medications. Another reason for surgery is an inability to bend and straighten the affected toe.
Types of Bunion Surgeries
For a mild deformity, your doctor may perform a bunionectomy. This procedure involves shaving off the enlarged portion of the bone and realigning the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. For a moderate deformity, your surgeon may cut the bone close to the metatarsal head in order to shift it back into its proper position. To correct a severe bunion, your doctor will make a cut at the base of the metatarsal bone, rotate the bone, and fix it in place with screws. Cutting and repositioning the bones is called an osteotomy.
Deciding to Have Bunion Surgery
After surgery, most patients have less pain and are better able to participate in their daily activities. Although many procedures are done on a same-day basis with no hospital stay, it may take up to several months for a full recovery and a return to normal activities. Follow-up visits to your podiatrist may be needed.
Say goodbye to that bunion. Call Dr. Denis LeBlang at (845) 268-8282 today to schedule a consultation in Congers, NY, and serving Rockland County. We will help you get rid of that bunion and relieve your pain. We want you to live your best possible life.