This Saturday, October 5, the whole town of Surprise will celebrate its roots with a Fiesta Grande. If you have a bunion or have just had surgery for your toe bump, though, you may not feel up to being on your feet for long. Bunion surgery should never be entered into lightly. Like all surgeries, it carries potential risks, but the benefits may be worthwhile for people with stubborn, painful bunions.
A bunion is a bump made up of bone that forms on the side of your big toe. One of the most common contributing factors is wearing shoes that are too narrow and tight, such as high heels. For this reason, women suffer from bunions more than men do. Some diseases, such as arthritis, can also lead to the development of these bumps. Genetics also play a role; some people are simply more predisposed than others.
If a bunion is small and doesn’t progress, you can usually get away with nonsurgical treatments. Physical therapy, stretching, and an orthotic for your shoe may be enough. However, in severe cases where the bunion is causing you pain, surgery may be the best option.
Bunion surgery isn’t for everyone, but it can be very beneficial for many people. If you’ve exhausted all of your other options for treatment and your bunion is still causing you pain, you might consider having it surgically removed. You will need to consult with your podiatrist and decide which type of surgery is best for you. We can remove parts of the bone, stretch the tendons surrounding the big toe, or realign the toe bones. There are nearly 100 different types of surgeries that can repair a bunion, so a complete examination is important to figure out which is best for you.
After your surgery, you will go through a period of healing. It’s important to follow all of your doctor’s orders so you can heal properly.
Call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule a consultation at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.
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