Bunions have caused many to feel severe foot pain, making it difficult for them to walk. Many wonder if there is a way to relieve pain in their big toe and restore their quality of life. Perhaps you’ve wondered that as well. Thankfully, there is!
It’s by means of a procedure called a bunionectomy. At OrthoNeuro, our highly trained podiatrist and our board-certified foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons are experts when it comes to performing bunion surgery.
Throughout the years, we have helped thousands return to an active lifestyle. If you are experiencing pain, we would love to have the privilege of assisting you.
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A bunion (also known as a hallux valgus or metatarsus primus varus) is a visible bony bump that can be located on the side of your big toe joint.
It is not a growth that develops. The first metatarsal bone moves toward the inside of your foot and the great toe then moves in the opposite direction compensatorily.
Many internal and external factors can cause bunions to develop, including:
To properly diagnose whether you have developed a bunion on your big toe, your orthopedic surgeon will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination.
This examination will assess the extent of misalignment and damage to your soft tissues. X-rays may also be needed to see the full extent of the deformity of your toe joint.
Conservative treatment options include shoe modifications, occasionally orthotics or toe pads.
If you have failed conservative options, then surgical correction becomes the last available option to alleviate your symptoms.
At OrthoNeuro, a bunionectomy procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you can return home the same day as your procedure.
We understand that each individual has a different genetic makeup and level of severity when it comes to the condition of their bunion, so we offer several approaches to this surgical procedure.
However, all bunion surgeries share the same common goals, which are to:
Before initiating your surgical procedure, your specialist will discuss the available treatment options and tailor a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
The various types of bunionectomy can be found below:
This is a common minimally-invasive bunion surgery in which minor surgical cuts will be made to shape the bone and realign the joint. Then, screws and metal plates are used to hold the bone and joint in place to allow the bones to heal in the new position.
An exostectomy is performed to remove minor bony bumps over the joint. While the use of this procedure is rare, it would be in conjunction with a more extensive procedure, such as an osteotomy or fusion.
This procedure treats bunions caused by excess motion at the joint above the big toe joint. It realigns the rotational and angular deformity of the 1st metatarsal by fusing the joint above the big toe and realigns the toe by correcting those deformities.
This procedure is used to treat severe bunions and severe arthritis by fusing the big toe joint bones together to hold them in the correct position and alleviate pain.
To aid in your recovery process, you may be offered a variety of medications to ease your pain. Your foot may be placed in a splint, in a boot, or in specialized shoes to keep it stabilized.
Additionally, your surgeon will provide the necessary instructions for you to follow.
Standard postoperative instructions include the following:
After the bones have healed, exercise and physical therapy will be recommended. Physical therapy will aid in increasing your strength and restoring the range of motion in your foot.
If you are considering having a bunionectomy, you may want to know how it can benefit you. Some of these benefits include:
Bunion removal can alleviate foot pain and help you return to an active lifestyle. If bunion removal sounds like the treatment you have been searching for, schedule an appointment today at one of our OrthoNeuro offices conveniently located in Columbus, Ohio.
If you have been considering a bunionectomy, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
Medically reviewed by
B. Rodney Comisar, MD, FAAOS
Foot & Ankle
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