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Consider bunion surgery if conservative treatments don't help Houston Foot Specialists will always do everything we can to prevent our patients from needing to undergo surgery, but sometimes such a procedure becomes necessary. With this in mind, bunion surgery may be required when the conservative methods that are usually successful do not achieve the desired results. When this is the case, our expert foot doctor, Aleisha Allen, DPM, will assess your specific situation to ensure that it is the right call.


Understanding the Condition

Bunions are foot deformities that develop when the big toe starts to turn outward towards the second toe. This condition happens at the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—where the toe and forefoot connect—and results in the bone or tissue around the joint becoming enlarged, swollen, and tender. Risk factors for the condition include: flat feet, ill-fitting (too tight) footwear, excessive pronation, and inherited foot structures.

Common symptoms include pain at the MTP joint, toe deformity, redness, swelling, and inflammation. The pain experienced can often be attributed to irritation due to rubbing against the inside edge of footwear. It is easy to note the toe deformity when you look at your foot and see a protruding bump where the big toe meets the foot. This will often be accompanied by a redness and noticeable swelling in the affected area.

When Surgery is the Best Option

Treatment for a bunion is often handled conservatively with the use of orthotics, pads, or even a change in shoes to models that feature wide, deep toe boxes. Ice, heating pads, and medication are other potential methods of addressing the pain and discomfort these deformities bring. There does come a point, though, when conservative methods are simply not enough. We will know that you are at this point when:

  • Nonsurgical measures fail. Whereas they are typically successful, conservative treatments are not infallible.
  • Severe pain prevents you from daily activity.
  • Inflammation and swelling do not subside.
  • Stiffness prevents you from straightening or bending your toe.

Bunion Surgery Procedures

Having ruled out other treatment options, a surgical procedure becomes the path to correcting your condition. As with any other surgery, it is important to understand what to expect and know how to prepare for your procedure.

Not all surgical procedures are exactly the same. There are several different ones that our foot doctor may elect to use, depending on your specific circumstances. These include:

  • Arthrodesis – Inserting plates, wires, or screws to hold surfaces together after damaged joint surfaces have been removed.
  • Exostectomy – Rarely used, this procedure removes the bump on the MTP joint.
  • Resection Arthroplasty – Mainly selected for older patients, this surgery removes damaged portions of the joint.
  • Osteotomy – This type of procedure entails cutting and realigning the joint.
  • Repair of Tendons and Ligaments – Often used in conjunction with osteotomy, we may need to shorten loose tissue and lengthen tight ones to correct an imbalance that can result in the big toe drifting inward.

What to Expect from Recovery

Your procedure was a success! So what comes next? Now it is time to look at everything entailed with recovering from the procedure.  Depending upon the procedure will dictate if you need to walk with the assistance of a cane, crutches, or a walker following the surgery.  The progression for placing weight on the affected foot needs to be gradual and you should not drive for roughly the first week of recovery. It is important that your foot be elevated as much as possible during the first couple of days. You can expect there to be swelling in the foot for up to six months. We will either recommend physical therapy or provide you with exercises to restore the strength and agility in your foot.

Houston Foot Specialists will always attempt to treat any condition with conservative measures first, but you are in the expert hands of a highly-skilled foot specialist when a procedure like bunion surgery is necessary. Our Houston-based practice sees patients from all over Texas and surrounding states, including the Oklahoma and Louisiana. When you need the Lone Star State’s best in podiatric care, call us at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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