Many people who have developed bunions opt to have surgery performed for permanent removal. This type of foot surgery may be preferred if the bunion is severe, causes pain, or interferes with daily activities. The goal of having bunion surgery can consist of resuming regular walking again, improving foot mobility, and it can restore normalcy to the appearance of the foot. Most bunion surgeries involve realigning the joints, ligaments, and tendons. Surgery may also correct the position of the big toe. After surgery, recovery begins with keeping the foot stable for several weeks by applying bandages and splints. A boot or shoe may be worn that is designed to take pressure off the front of the foot. If you have a severe bunion and are considering having surgery performed, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with making this decision.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hallandale Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.