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Bunions are typically managed with conservative treatments from your podiatrist. However, surgical intervention might be necessary from your Avon, CT, podiatrist. Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates.
During bunion surgery, your podiatrist attempts to correct your toe deformity surgically to reduce your discomfort. Due to the progressive nature of bunions, your foot condition could worsen over time. Conservative therapies are typically effective at slowing down this progress especially when started on time.
Even with bunion surgery, you might still need additional care such as orthotic devices. Before your surgery, your podiatrist will review your medical history and perform several tests to assess your bunions and overall health.
When You Might Need Bunion Surgery
Conditions where your Avon, CT, podiatrist might recommend bunion surgery for you include:
- Severe Foot Pain — If you can't seem to make it a short distance without pain, your podiatrist might suggest surgery to improve your condition. Surgery might be the next option if conservative treatments such as athletic shoes and anti-inflammatory medication fail to relieve your discomfort.
- Toe Stiffness — Inability to move your big toe might call for surgical repair.
- Chronic Toe Inflammation — If the inflammation of your big toe fails to improve with medication, your podiatrist might call for surgery.
- Toe Deformity — As your big toe continues to bend towards your other toes, it might lead to a foot deformity. Finding proper fitting shoes might be difficult and surgery to repair your foot deformity might be necessary.
Types of Bunion Surgery
The two major types of bunion surgery that your podiatrist can perform for you are:
- Head Procedures — Head procedures focus on repairing your big toe's joint. During this procedure, your podiatrist will cut your bone behind the joint, move it back to the proper position and secure it with screws. The head procedure is advantageous if you don't want to lose mobility for extended periods.
- Base Procedures — Several base procedures focus on the bone behind or near your big toe's joint. It might also involve the repair of the ligaments around your joints.
When you fail to see results with conservative bunion therapies, consider discussing bunion surgery with your podiatrist. Your Avon, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates can share more about bunion surgery with you during your consultation. Call (860) 677-7733 to schedule your appointment.
Are you tired of the pain and inconvenience of bunions? Bunion surgery, one of the treatments offered by your Avon, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates, can eliminate your bunion and your pain.
5 reasons to consider bunion surgery
Although night splints, taping, orthotics and other treatments provided by your Avon foot doctor may slow the progression of your bunions, surgery provides the only way to remove the bony bumps and reverse your condition.
Surgery might be an option for you if:
- Your pain is severe or constant: Life isn't very enjoyable when you're in constant pain. Severe pain can make it difficult to concentrate on work or even focus when you're watching your favorite TV show. When bunion pain overtakes your life, it's time to consider surgery.
- You can't do the things you want to do: Bunion pain makes everything in life more difficult, from standing on the sidelines at your child's soccer game to grocery shopping to working out. If you've started declining invitations and opportunities because of your pain or given up activities you've always enjoyed, you may be ready for surgery.
- Your back hurts: Your back pain may be actually related to your bunions if your condition prompted you to change the way you walk. Gait changes can affect the alignment of your spine and lead to chronic back pain. When you can walk normally again, you may notice that your back pain decreases.
- Your bunions are getting worse: Are your bunions much worse than they were a few years ago? Bunions usually worsen with time, even if you stop wearing tight shoes and high heels, reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet, and wear orthotics. At this stage, surgery is the only effective bunion treatment.
- You can't find comfortable shoes: As your bunion progresses, finding shoes that accommodate the bony bump without increasing your pain can be a challenge. After surgery, you'll be able to wear many styles of shoes, although you should still avoid tight shoes or high heels.
Could bunion surgery help you? Call your podiatrist in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates, at (860) 677-7733 to schedule your appointment.
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.