Bunions are painful deformities that unfortunately get worse if left untreated. As your big toe joint is forced further and further out of alignment, the resulting bony protrusion only gets bigger, making it even more vulnerable to pressure and aggravation.
Many people can manage the condition, slow progression, and ease pain with conservative methods such as switching to wide, accommodating shoes, wearing orthotics, applying ice, and doing stretches. However, for some, these treatment options just aren’t enough, and pain eventually interferes with quality of life. Sound familiar? If you are struggling with bunion pain and feeling frustrated as well as extremely uncomfortable, it’s time to consider bunion surgery.
Surgery as a Solution
While no one wants to go through surgery, no one wants to live with constant pain either – and you shouldn’t! If you reach the point that despite your attempts, your bunion is making it difficult to wear shoes or walk, much less partake in the activities you enjoy, it’s time to look at your surgical options so you can get your life back before the situation gets even worse!
Although there are many different types of bunion surgeries, there are a handful of procedures that are commonly performed:
Osteotomy – in this process, small cuts are made in the bone and the joint is then moved into proper alignment, along with the soft tissues surrounding it.
Exostectomy – more commonly referred to as a bunionectomy, this procedure entails removal of the bulging bony protrusion and is best done in combination with osteotomy.
Arthroplasty – removal and reshaping of the bones making up the big toe joint.
Arthrodesis – fusion of the bones using screws and metal plates to keep everything in place.
Picking the Procedure That’s Right for You
With so many approaches, it can be confusing to know which procedure to choose. Not to worry, though -- we will help! We will assess your bunion and determine the severity of your condition, as well as take into consideration your lifestyle, age, and other factors that could impact your recovery. Your options will be thoroughly explained and we will help you determine which surgical approach would best fit your life and address your needs.
On Your Road to Recovery, You Won’t be Alone!
Recovery time for bunion surgery varies, depending on the type of procedure performed. Typically, though, you can expect to wear a protective boot or cast for at least 4-6 weeks, with full recovery taking up to 6 months. It’s a long road, but you don’t have to go it alone!
During this time of healing, we will be here for you every step of the way, providing important follow-up care and at-home instructions, as well as answering any questions you may have. Our goal – just like yours – is to get you back on your feet and loving life again, pain-free!
If you are at your wit’s end with a painful bunion that is not responding to any of your conservative efforts, schedule a consultation today so we can discuss if bunion surgery is right for you! You can reach us by calling (303) 805-5156, or by using our online contact form. Don’t put up with bunion pain any longer. Give us a call today!