Are you suffering from Bunion pain? If yes, you may have tried several non-surgical ways to make the pain go away. You may have worn wider shoes or used pads. However, if these measures fail to relieve the symptoms, you may need to undergo a bunion surgery. So how do you know if you are qualified for it? Read on.
Generally, if your bunion is not causing you pain, then you don’t necessarily have to go through the knife. Although bunions get bigger over time, Podiatrists Cremorne from ModPod Podiatry do not recommend surgery to prevent it from getting worse. However, if your doctor sees the need for patients to undergo the surgery, then a procedure will be scheduled.
You’re a candidate for a bunion surgery if you:
- Are unable to straighten and bend your big toe
- Fail to get relief from wearing wide shoes or using pads
- Fail to get relief after taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- There’s a drifting in of your big toe toward the smaller ones, thus making your toes cross over each other
- Are suffering from significant foot pain that restricts you from doing your daily activities such as walking and wearing your regular shoes
Deciding To Undergo Bunion Surgery
First and foremost, it’s essential to have realistic expectations of bunion surgery. Know that, for example, you may not be allowed to wear smaller or narrow shoes. In fact, undergoing a Bunion surgery can limit the types of shoes you can wear for the rest of your life. Hence, you really need to decide well whether or not to go through the knife.
When considering Bunion surgery, don’t be afraid to ask your podiatrist about the procedure and recovery. Ask the benefits and risks of the operation and the possible complications that may happen. Also, ask how much pain you will have to deal with and how to manage it.
Since bunions differ when it comes to size and shape, there are various surgical procedures performed. However, the operation typically includes realigning the bone and repairing the ligaments around the big toe. Your podiatrist in Sydney will walk you through the different types of surgery that best fits your situation.
Repairing The Ligaments & Tendons
In some cases, the ligaments or soft tissues around the patient’s big toe may be extremely right on one side or overly loose on the other. As a result, there is an imbalance causing the toes to cross over each other. Undergoing surgery can shorten the loose tissues and can make the tight ones longer. This is rarely performed without realigning the bones, in a procedure called osteotomy.
In this type of surgery, your podiatric surgeon makes small incisions in the bones in order to realign the joint. Then, he repairs the new break using screws, pins or plates. In some cases, aside from cutting the bone, the surgeon removes a small wedge of joint on order to provide enough correction to straighten the patient’s toe.
Do you feel pain on your foot? Consider getting a foot orthotics from ModPod Podiatry to prevent the need for surgery later.