What are my options for bunion removal?

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You are likely suffering from a bunion (medically referred to as hallux valgus) if you notice a protruding bump on the side of your big toe. This happens when your big toe angles toward the second toe rather than pointing straight ahead, throwing the bones on that part of the foot out of alignment. Bunions usually progress over time and the noticeable bump that you see tends to appear at the later stages. In addition to the bump, you may also experience pain, soreness, numbness, inflammation, and redness. Once patients start to experience some symptoms, we often get asked about options for bunion removal. Here’s what we tell them:

First, note that bunions are a progressive disorder. That is, they will not go away with time and in our experience, usually get worse. However, not every patient’s bunion progresses at the same rate and there are several treatment options depending on your condition. For some patients, these treatment options also include nonsurgical management such as the following:

  • Wearing more appropriate footwear. For some patients, all that is required to effectively manage the pain from a bunion is wearing proper shoes. This usually means avoiding high heeled and pointed shoes and opting instead for shoes that have a wide toe box. It is also a good idea to buy shoes from a shop where the staff actually measures your foot
  • Modifying activity. Limiting or avoiding activity that causes foot pain, including standing or walking for long periods of time, may help to ease your bunion pain
  • Using Padding.Using a gel-filled pad, which can be purchased from a drugstore, places a barrier between the bunion and the skin and helps to relieve irritation
  • Wearing Orthotics. While custom orthotics will not take away your bunion deformity, they can help control the pain and progression. This is particularly true when the bunion is not prominent and prone to irritation from rubbing
  • Icing your foot: Apply ice to the joint several times a day and elevate your feet to reduce swelling
  • Using nonprescription drugs. Taking nonprescription drugs to reduce swelling (such as acetaminophen) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) may reduce pain and inflammation

 

Surgical bunion removal options

For some patients, non-surgical treatments do not offer relief and bunion removal surgery may be the only feasible option for getting relief.  We are likely to recommend surgery if your foot pain is severe and is restricting you from carrying through with everyday activities. We may also recommend surgery if you are not responding to medication or can’t bend or straighten your toe.

While there are literally hundreds of bunion removal procedures, they all have one common goal: to reduce the pain and the deformity caused by the bunion. The three most common types of bunion removal surgery include exostectomy (where we remove the bunion from the joint), osteotomy (where we cut and reposition your big toe joint) and arthrodesis (where we correct the bunion by using screws or metal plates to replace the damaged joints.)

The good news is that bunion removal surgery is often an outpatient procedure so most patients can go home a few hours after the procedure. In addition, it has a high success rate and, provided you are following the given post-operative guidelines, you should recover within six to eight weeks.

Next steps

Are you suffering from a bunion and are still unsure about bunion removal options? Visit our podiatrist in Marietta, Ga, Dr. Fui Dawson, for a foot evaluation and a careful analysis of the best options available to you.

 

Analyzing Your Case

Do you have heel pain when you step down first thing in the morning? Or do you have heel pain when walking after sitting for some time? If so, you could be suffering from a condition known as plantar fasciitis or “heel spur”, which is an inflammation of the ligament where it attached on the heel bone. Here at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, we can help you devise a personalized treatment plan to treat your plantar fasciitis in the most effective way possible.What Is The Cause Of Plantar Fasciitis?

This is a condition that results from tightening of the heel cord or Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects your heel bone to all five toes. While you are sleeping or sitting, this tissue is contracted and it stretches while walking. Thus initial stretch irritates the its attachment to the heel bone and cause moderate to severe pain. Patients feel some relief after taking a few steps after that initial step. Repeated injury to this attachment creates bone and thickening of the plantar fascia while healing. This new bone formation-the “heel spur” may further aggravate the level of pain while walking. Though not every patient with plantar fasciitis will have a heel spur, Having a heel spur does not necessarily mean you will have heel pain. The plantar fascia may to evaluated with ultrasound imaging to determine if it’s attachment to heel bone has chronic changes.

What Can Be Done?

If you’ve been suffering through painful heel spurs, chances are you’re ready for some relief. There are a few different ways of treating this condition (also sometimes called heel spur syndrome), and they obviously depend on the severity of each individual case. While some patients can obtain relief with oral anti-inflammatory medication, stretching and regular icing, others will need specially made custom orthotic devices and physical therapy. Note: Always consult your doctor before taking any medications. Steroid injection around the plantar fascia origin under ultrasound guidance may also ensure that the condition is being treated while avoiding direct penetration injury to the plantar fascia. In severe cases, rigid casting of the foot may be necessary. Also minimally invasive procedures involving micro debridement with ultrasound of the thickened portion may be necessary. After several months of failed conservative therapy, surgical release of the plantar fascia may be done to relieve pain. The heel spur may also be removed at the time of surgery is necessary.

Analyzing Your Case

It is important to receive a professional evaluation before diagnosing or treating your pain. Whether you’re an athlete who’s performance is being affected or someone who just wants to live more comfortably and with less heel pain, our professional staff is ready and willing to you find the solution you’ve been looking for. Call our office today at 678-679-3300 to book an appointment with us.

What Is The Cause Of Plantar Fasciitis?

Do you have heel pain when you step down first thing in the morning? Or do you have heel pain when walking after sitting for some time? If so, you could be suffering from a condition known as plantar fasciitis or “heel spur”, which is an inflammation of the ligament where it attached on the heel bone. Here at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, we can help you devise a personalized treatment plan to treat your plantar fasciitis in the most effective way possible.What Is The Cause Of Plantar Fasciitis?

This is a condition that results from tightening of the heel cord or Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects your heel bone to all five toes. While you are sleeping or sitting, this tissue is contracted and it stretches while walking. Thus initial stretch irritates the its attachment to the heel bone and cause moderate to severe pain. Patients feel some relief after taking a few steps after that initial step. Repeated injury to this attachment creates bone and thickening of the plantar fascia while healing. This new bone formation-the “heel spur” may further aggravate the level of pain while walking. Though not every patient with plantar fasciitis will have a heel spur, Having a heel spur does not necessarily mean you will have heel pain. The plantar fascia may to evaluated with ultrasound imaging to determine if it’s attachment to heel bone has chronic changes.

What Can Be Done?

If you’ve been suffering through painful heel spurs, chances are you’re ready for some relief. There are a few different ways of treating this condition (also sometimes called heel spur syndrome), and they obviously depend on the severity of each individual case. While some patients can obtain relief with oral anti-inflammatory medication, stretching and regular icing, others will need specially made custom orthotic devices and physical therapy. Note: Always consult your doctor before taking any medications. Steroid injection around the plantar fascia origin under ultrasound guidance may also ensure that the condition is being treated while avoiding direct penetration injury to the plantar fascia. In severe cases, rigid casting of the foot may be necessary. Also minimally invasive procedures involving micro debridement with ultrasound of the thickened portion may be necessary. After several months of failed conservative therapy, surgical release of the plantar fascia may be done to relieve pain. The heel spur may also be removed at the time of surgery is necessary.

Analyzing Your Case

It is important to receive a professional evaluation before diagnosing or treating your pain. Whether you’re an athlete who’s performance is being affected or someone who just wants to live more comfortably and with less heel pain, our professional staff is ready and willing to you find the solution you’ve been looking for. Call our office today at 678-679-3300 to book an appointment with us.

Plantar Fasciitis or “Heel Spurs”

Do you have heel pain when you step down first thing in the morning? Or do you have heel pain when walking after sitting for some time? If so, you could be suffering from a condition known as plantar fasciitis or “heel spur”, which is an inflammation of the ligament where it attached on the heel bone. Here at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, we can help you devise a personalized treatment plan to treat your plantar fasciitis in the most effective way possible.What Is The Cause Of Plantar Fasciitis?

This is a condition that results from tightening of the heel cord or Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects your heel bone to all five toes. While you are sleeping or sitting, this tissue is contracted and it stretches while walking. Thus initial stretch irritates the its attachment to the heel bone and cause moderate to severe pain. Patients feel some relief after taking a few steps after that initial step. Repeated injury to this attachment creates bone and thickening of the plantar fascia while healing. This new bone formation-the “heel spur” may further aggravate the level of pain while walking. Though not every patient with plantar fasciitis will have a heel spur, Having a heel spur does not necessarily mean you will have heel pain. The plantar fascia may to evaluated with ultrasound imaging to determine if it’s attachment to heel bone has chronic changes.

What Can Be Done?

If you’ve been suffering through painful heel spurs, chances are you’re ready for some relief. There are a few different ways of treating this condition (also sometimes called heel spur syndrome), and they obviously depend on the severity of each individual case. While some patients can obtain relief with oral anti-inflammatory medication, stretching and regular icing, others will need specially made custom orthotic devices and physical therapy. Note: Always consult your doctor before taking any medications. Steroid injection around the plantar fascia origin under ultrasound guidance may also ensure that the condition is being treated while avoiding direct penetration injury to the plantar fascia. In severe cases, rigid casting of the foot may be necessary. Also minimally invasive procedures involving micro debridement with ultrasound of the thickened portion may be necessary. After several months of failed conservative therapy, surgical release of the plantar fascia may be done to relieve pain. The heel spur may also be removed at the time of surgery is necessary.

Analyzing Your Case

It is important to receive a professional evaluation before diagnosing or treating your pain. Whether you’re an athlete who’s performance is being affected or someone who just wants to live more comfortably and with less heel pain, our professional staff is ready and willing to you find the solution you’ve been looking for. Call our office today at 678-679-3300 to book an appointment with us.