The bunion on your left foot hurts every day now. What's your best treatment option for bunions? At Avon Podiatry Associates, Dr. Richard Grayson evaluates and treats numerous patients for this deformity of the big toe joint. You can achieve pain relief and increased range of motion with bunionectomy being one a common treatment option. Learn more about bunion surgery here.
Time for surgery?
You feel that you need more aggressive treatment for your bulging big toe joint. An examination and X-rays at with your podiatrist in Avon reveals an increasingly large, bony bump at the base of the toe, and that toe is pointing toward the second toe.
How has this bunion happened? Well, age is a contributing factor. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that 36 percent of people over the age of 65 develop bunions. Other factors such as obesity, tight, narrow shoes and standing for long periods of time contribute to bunion formation.
What Dr. Grayson recommends
Based on his findings, your podiatrist in Avon may advise conservative measures first to control your pain and halt the progression of the bunion. Wider shoes, rest, losing weight, over-the-counter analgesics, and physical therapy often reduce the inflammation, decrease discomfort and increase mobility.
However, some patients--maybe you--need bunionectomy procedures. Often accomplished with local anesthetic and some sedation, a bunionectomy may:
- Remove the bump and correctly align the big toe joint
- Stabilize the joint with pins or screws
- Tighten or loosen the connective tissues around the big toe
- Correct arthritis in the joint
- Fuse the big toe joint
If you do need surgical correction, your podiatrist will customize an operation suited to your particular needs, age, mobility and health status. Afterwards, your foot will take several weeks to recover during which time you may wear a special supportive device and bandage. Ability to bear weight on the operated foot depends on what type of surgery you had. Dr. Grayson and his team give surgery patients detailed post-operative instructions to maximize healing and mobility.
Find out more
Contact Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, for a one-on-one consultation on that painful bunion. Dr. Grayson is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon who has your best podiatric health in mind. Call (860) 677-7733.