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Bunion surgery/easing anxiety of treatment options

Our foot specialists at Carolina Foot Specialists see a larger number of patients who have bunion and tailor bunion deformities. We would like to ease your anxiety if you feel as if you have a bunion deformity and talk about how you get them as well as all conservative and surgical treatment options in the next few blogs this month.

Bunions are typically an inherited condition and is more often found in women. Bunions can become larger over time and become painful in tight shoe gear such as a high heel shoe. A bunion and a tailor bunion is a prominence on the inside of the foot (head of first metatarsal with great toe deviating in) and outside of the foot (fifth metatarsal head deviating out). A majority of our patients that we see have bunions but do not have pain. Half the battle is selecting proper shoe gear that has a wider toe box. Upon your first visit we will take digital x-rays to not the angular position of the bunion and discuss a conservative treatment plan to try to avoid surgery and slow the progression of the bunion.

If surgery is needed techniques have changed over the years which affords the patient to be weight bearing in a surgical shoe or boot following the surgery in most cases. Our foot specialists use internal screw fixation which allows patient to begin weight bearing right after surgery. The surgery is outpatient under local and IV sedation and takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Healing time is 6-8 weeks and patients are followed weekly during until the bone has healed. Detailed programs to resume light activity is reviewed with our patients. Bunion surgery would be the most common surgery that our foot specialists perform at Carolina Foot Specialists.

We have a nice video on our home page that discusses bunion surgery for your information.

Please contact our offices if you have bunions or tailor bunions. If the bunions are asyptomatic it may be good to at least get a baseline x-ray in order to evaluate the progression of the bunion in the future.

Look out for more blogs about Bunion surgery in the next few weeks.