Wondering if it’s time to consider getting a bunionectomy?
Most of the time people with bunions don’t deal with symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they don’t have to ever consider surgery. However, there are certain situations where bunion surgery may be recommended by our podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson. Read on to learn whether you may benefit from getting bunion surgery from Dr. Grayson's Avon, CT, office!
What is a bunion and what are its symptoms?
Also referred to as a hallux valgus, this deformity often affects the joint at the base of the big toe, causing a bony bump to stick out at the edge of the foot.
A bunion appears gradually, so you may have the condition for a while before even noticing any symptoms until they've become painfully obvious. Common symptoms and bunion signs include,
- A bony protrusion that gets progressively larger
- Swelling or redness around the joint
- Pain or stiffness
Sometimes if shoes rub against this deformity it can also cause a callus to form on the bunion.
How are bunions typically treated?
Most of the time, bunions can be managed with simple conservative care. First and foremost, it is necessary that you wear the proper shoes to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Make sure that your shoes have a large enough toe bed that they aren’t pushed together (they should be able to wiggle around freely). Other ways to manage your bunion symptoms include,
- Icing the bunion for 10-15 minutes at a time
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
- Splinting or bracing the foot
- Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
- Placing custom orthotics into your shoes for additional support
- Placing a bunion pad over the area to prevent friction when wearing shoes
When should I consider surgery?
It may be time to talk to our Avon podiatrist about surgery if,
- The pain and swelling is severe and persistent
- Your symptoms are affecting your quality of life
- You have limited range of motion in your feet
- Your symptoms make it difficult to walk
- The deformity is very large and is affecting your ability to wear shoes
If you are dealing with severe or persistent bunion pain/swelling, then it’s time to find out what our podiatry team can do to get your symptoms under control. Call Avon Podiatry Associates at (860) 677-7733 to schedule an appointment with us!