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What Happens During Bunion Surgery

The goal of bunion surgery is to correct the deformity of the big toe that causes pain and discomfort. The procedure generally involves an incision in the foot near the big toe to access the bunion. The bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves are then realigned to correct the deformity. In some cases, small pieces of bone might be removed, or the bones may be cut and realigned with pins or plates to maintain the correct position. The specific technique used depends on the severity of the bunion and the patient's foot structure. After surgery, the foot is typically bandaged. Patients may need to wear a special boot or shoe to protect the foot and keep it in the correct position during the healing process. Recovery time varies, but it generally involves several weeks of limited movement to allow the foot to heal properly. Follow-up visits with the podiatrist are important to monitor the healing process and begin rehabilitation exercises to restore strength and mobility to the foot. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether bunion surgery is right for you. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM of Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, and Oneonta, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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