Bunion Surgery May Be More Necessary Than You Realize

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Bunions can become such a nuisance, that surgery may become the best option. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, is your go to podiatrist when comes it all things related to bunions! In order to have your bunions checked, please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about this condition. In case you were wondering, you may also take a gander at our Patient Education section to learn more about bunions and many other foot and ankle conditions

Bunions form when the big toe starts to move towards the second. This condition does not involve the bone of the big toe actually overgrowing. Instead, the toe joint essentially swells against the skin. Although there are some promising non-invasive treatments, surgery is the most effective option.

Treatment involves:  

  • Reducing pressure on toes.
  • Utilizing shoes with wider toe boxes or padding.
  • Taking anti-inflammatories to reduce potential inflammation.
  • Electing for bunion surgery when required.

There are several types of bunion surgery that correct the big toe’s position. This can be accomplished by realignment of the bones, ligaments or tendons. Surgery is however not performed for cosmetic related reasons. Bunion Surgery is instead used when bunions cause severe pain that significantly places a limitation upon mobility and prevents the use of normal foot wear. Those with severe pain may not be able to walk their routine usual distances. Toes may become so stiffened that may lose the ability to bend or straighten. Therefore, bunion surgery aims to realign the joint of the big toe, reduce severe pain and correct any associated bone deformities.

Since bunions come in different sizes, surgical actions may vary for corrective purposes. They may involve fixing the soft tissues around the big toe or repairing tendons and ligaments. Therefore, please contact us at your convenience to ensure that your bunions are the right candidates for surgery and put an end to their constant assault on your feet!